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Written answers

Thursday, 11 August 2011

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Leader of the House on what occasions he has flown on official business (a) by budget airline and (b) in economy class in the last 12 months.

    • Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Leader of the House on how many occasions a request for a meeting by an hon. Member of each political party was refused by (a) a Minister in his Office directly and (b) his Office on...

  • Treasury

    • Business: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to create a more competitive banking industry in order to improve the availability of loans for (a) consumers and (b) small businesses.

    • Nuclear Power: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the (a) analysis and (b) calculations underlying his Department's estimate that the existing nuclear sector is likely to receive on...

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of people in employment contribute to (a) a public and (b) a private pension.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many disabled employees of her Department are receiving support from the Access to Work programme; and what proportion of...

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department has a policy on requirements for the provision of (a) apprenticeships and (b) other training by (i)...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many apprenticeships have been created directly by contracts with her Department in each of the last three years.

      Bed Bugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many infestations of bed bugs were notified to her Department in each of the last 10 years.

      Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she plans to publish an analysis of progress against her Department's 2010 targets on biodiversity priority species...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the effects of culling badgers on the incidence of bovine tuberculosis in cattle.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cattle were slaughtered after testing positive for bovine tuberculosis in (a) 2009 and (b) 2010.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the likely savings to her Department in compensation which would not need to be paid to farmers...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what licences have been issued under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 in the last five years; and for what purposes,...

      Sky TV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department has spent on subscriptions to Sky TV since May 2010.

      Butterflies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of changes in the population of butterflies in each of the last five years; and if she will make...

      Butterflies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of potential effects of the use of neonicotinoid pesticides on the butterfly population; and if...

      Butterflies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to protect the butterfly population in (a) urban and (b) rural areas; and if she will make a statement.

      Butterflies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the conclusions of the United Kingdom Butterfly Monitoring Scheme's report entitled, Final...

      Butterflies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the possible effects of the reduction in the budget of Natural England on butterfly (a)...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the carbon dioxide emissions from her Department in (a) June 2010 and (b) June 2011.

      Carbon Emissions: Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she plans to take to reduce emissions of methane from landfill.

      Carbon Emissions: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she plans to take to reduce emissions from the incineration of wastes without energy recovery.

      Cattle: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) origin and (b) destination was of each consignment of calves shipped from Ramsgate on 16 June 2011; how many...

      Coastal Areas: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with (a) the Crown Estate and (b) Welsh Ministers on the protection of sand beaches from erosion...

      Coastal Areas: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance her Department issues on measures to protect sand beaches from excessive erosion attributable to sand dredging.

      Community Composting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on community composting; and what plans she has to expand its takeup.

      Countryside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what support her Department plans to provide to national countryside week in each of the next four financial years.

      Crops: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the policy of her Department is on the retention of regional research hubs for groupings of crops.

      Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what occasions she has flown on official business (a) by budget airline and (b) in economy class in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Allowances

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

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many invoices her Department received in respect of goods or services supplied by tier 1 suppliers between 1 May 2010 and...

      Departmental Billing

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

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has issued any guidance on the generation of low-carbon energy on estates owned by her Department.

      Departmental Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 11 July 2011, Official Report, column 10W, on departmental carbon emissions, whether the sources of...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department spent on external consultants as part of the recent consultation on bovine tuberculosis.

      Departmental Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 7 June 2011, Official Report, column 63W, on departmental legal opinion, how many prosecutions were...

      Departmental Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what property has been (a) lost and (b) stolen from her Department in the last 12 months; and what the cost of replacement was.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department has spent on hospitality for staff since May 2010.

      Departmental Photographs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department has spent on Ministerial (a) photoshoots and (b) videos since May 2010.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what provisions in respect of behavioural standards have been included in procurement contracts issued by her Department...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of procurement contracts offered by her Department have been advertised on the Contracts Finder website since...

      Regulation: Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what process her Department follows for the production of regulatory guidance; and how many officials of her Department were...

      Regulation: Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many procurement contracts her Department has awarded to small businesses since May 2010.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many meetings she has had with hon. Members of each political party since May 2010.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will consider keeping data on the number of times (a) she and (b) officials of her Department have declined a request...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many meetings officials of her Department have had with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on the...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on how many occasions a request for a meeting by an hon. Member of each political party was refused by (a) a Minister in her...

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff in her Department have been employed on contracts of (a) three to six months, (b) one to three months and (c)...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department has spent on training for Ministers since May 2010; and what the purpose was of such training.

      Dogs: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether her Department has any plans to bring forward proposals for the abolition of legislative exemptions on...

      Eggs: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will bring forward proposals to protect egg producers from adverse effects arising from the import of (a) food...

      Environment Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff the Environment Agency employs in England and Wales.

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions her Department has had on the simplification of the application process for LEADER funding.

      Flooding: Reading West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment the Environment Agency has made of the risk of flooding in Reading West constituency arising from...

      Food: Oils

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to encourage the reuse of cooking oil used in the food industry.

      Food: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the written statement of 16 June 2011, Official Report, columns 77-78WS, on Food and Catering Services...

      Glass: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to maximise the rate of recycling into glass of glass collected directly from households.

      Hill Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate she has made of the average annual income of hill farmers in England.

      Hill Farming: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many former Hill Farm Allowance applicants are now participating in uplands entry level stewardship; and how many are in...

      Houseboats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the policy objectives in respect of boat dwellers are of the Government's proposed amendment to schedule 5 of the Public...

      Ivory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking (a) through international organisations and (b) at EU level to implement the commitment in the...

      Ivory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding the UK provides (a) directly and (b) through the EU for elephant protection in (i) Africa and (ii) Asia.

      Ivory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species in...

      Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish on her Department's website a summary of responses to the consultation on the introduction of...

      Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she made of the resource risks to businesses from the security of supply of (a) lithium, (b) tin, (c) lead,...

      Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she plans to (a) review and (b) revise the list of species published under section 41 of the Natural Environment and...

      Primates: Pets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of primates kept as pets in England.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the annual value is of her Department's current contracts in each sector in which contracts are held.

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many recycling centres there have been in each of the last 10 years; and how many such centres have closed since May 2010.

      Reservoirs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what applications for the construction of reservoirs in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) Scotland are pending where the...

      Rights of Way

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the potential effects on landowners of rights of way over their land.

      Rivers: Chalk Streams

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has for river environment restoration of chalk streams (a) nationally and (b) in Hertfordshire.

      Rivers: Kayakers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has any plans to change river access rights for kayakers.

      Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on the Government's Growth Review...

      Rural Communities Policy Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many civil servants are employed in the Rural Communities Policy Unit; and where they are based.

      Rural Development Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the level of demand for funding available through the Rural Development Programme for England...

      Rural Development Programme: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding is available to the Yorkshire and the Humber region under the Rural Development Programme for England.

      Satellites: Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to what extent her Department uses earth observation satellite technology in developing policy on (a) marine and agricultural...

      Sewage: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria she plans to use to determine whether a septic tank qualifies for an exemption from a permit to discharge under...

      Sewage: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the penalty is for failure to register with the Environment Agency the discharge of sewage effluent from a septic tank...

      Sewage: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance her Department plans to provide to householders required to register sewage discharge from a septic tank under...

      Sustainable Development: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she plans to respond to the European Commission Communication on the Rio 2012 Conference on Sustainable Development,...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether any staff of her Department are entitled to work full-time on trade union activities while receiving a departmental...

      Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what timetable she has set for the development of her Department's waste prevention programme.

      Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department has recently examined the appropriateness of siting waste management sites which use mechanical and...

      Water Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many complaints her Department has received concerning each water utility company in each of the last five years.

      Water Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking in relation to geographical monopolies by water utility companies.

      Water Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to simplify comparisons between the charges of water utility companies for (a) product...

      Wood: Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures are in place to ensure that individuals are protected from pollution caused by wood recycling; and what...

      Yorkshire Dales National Park

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of the consultation process on altering the Yorkshire Dales...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Disability: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to update the system of disability assessments for young disabled people.

    • Employment Services: British Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will discuss with the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport the potential assistance of a universal video relay...

      Housing Benefit: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will consider exempting disabled tenants in adapted properties from his proposed reductions in the level of housing benefit where they...

  • Transport

    • Sky TV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has spent on subscriptions to Sky TV since May 2010.

    • Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many meetings he has had with hon. Members of each political party since May 2010; (2) if he will consider keeping data on the number of...

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking in respect of drivers from overseas who are uninsured.

      Motorways: Wildlife

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to protect wildlife crossing motorways.

  • Defence

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of when the first Future Carrier will be operational; and when it will be able to deploy fast jet aircraft from its deck.

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether planned adjustments to the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers will make them compatible with French Rafale aircraft.

      Armed Forces: Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration he has given to equalising continuation of services rights for Gurkhas serving in the armed forces; and what discussions he has had on...

      Challenger Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what plans he has to upgrade the Challenger weapons system; (2) what assessment he has made of the future of the Challenger weapons system.

      Defence Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when meetings of the Defence Board are scheduled to occur in the period to May 2015.

      Defence Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to make the minutes of the Defence Board meetings available to hon. Members.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to encourage the use of UK small and medium-sized enterprises in its projects; and what account he takes of such...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with which partners and suppliers his Department is working; and on which projects.

      Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what occasions he has flown on official business (a) by budget airline and (b) in economy class in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of each item of correspondence his Department has received from Ministers in HM Treasury in respect of its RAF...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of his Department's budget has been spent on (a) munitions, (b) urgent operational requirements, (c) personnel, (d) equipment, (e) major...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of his Department’s budget has been spent on (a) operational costs for theatres of engagement and (b) running costs associated with...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will consider keeping data on the number of times (a) he and (b) officials of his Department have declined a request for a meeting from an hon....

      Departmental Travel

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

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on first class rail fares for (a) Ministers and (b) special advisers since May 2010.

      Equipment: Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the future use of equipment purchased under recent urgent operational requirements;...

      European Fighter Aircraft: Pilots

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of Typhoon pilots are trained to engage ground targets.

      Future Force 2020

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many infantry battalions will be required for Future Force 2020; (2) how many infantry battalions will be required under Force 2020.

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on transport of equipment during operations in Libya; and what modes of transport have been engaged.

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what provision his Department is making for extended operations in Libya.

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the effects of operations in Libya on military capabilities.

      Libya: Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on the use by UK aircraft of foreign airfields for operations in Libya; and if he will estimate the comparable cost for...

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the impact of operations in Libya on the UK's standing defence commitments.

      Maritime Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library copies of the reports titled (a) Maritime Environment and (b) Air Environment, referred to in section 2.7 of the National...

      Mull of Kintyre Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his oral statement of 13 July 2011, on the Mull of Kintyre review, whether he plans to meet the families affected to discuss the findings of...

      Nimrod MRA4 Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated further costs are of decommissioning the Nimrod MRA4 aircraft.

      Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what roles in his Department are being removed as part of the redundancy programme; and what steps he is taking to maintain the delivery of his...

      Royal Air Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent additional resources he has allocated to the (a) Royal Air Force and (b) Royal Navy for commitments in Libya.

      South Sudan: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will provide a small military training and technical team to the Government of Southern Sudan to assist their military capacity building.

      Special Air Service: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to ensure appropriate recruitment of personnel to the Special Air Service.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to the public purse was of (a) staff, (b) assistance and (c) accommodation in respect of his visit to Sri Lanka in July 2011.

      Warrior Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of the future of the Warrior weapons system; (2) what plans he has to upgrade the Warrior weapons system.

  • Health

    • Sky TV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on subscriptions to Sky TV since May 2010.

    • Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average time taken was to process applications to the interim Cancer Drugs Fund from the time of their receipt (a) nationally and (b) in each...

      Care Homes: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the number of providers in the social care sector at risk of insolvency.

      Mental Health Services: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the mental health performance data for NHS London for the third quarter of 2010-11, for what reasons the use of early intervention...

      Mental Illness: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the joint HM inspectorate of prisons and HM inspectorate of constabulary report into police custody suites in Avon and Somerset, what...

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his end-of-life care proposals include any mechanism to measure and recognise the financial contribution of families to the care of vulnerable people.

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what methods will be used to measure (a) quality and (b) access to services under his proposals for the provision of end-of-life care.

      Physiotherapy: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 7 June 2011, Official Report, column 91W, on physiotherapy, and with reference to the NHS Future Forum report, what steps...

      Prostate Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans his Department has to improve access to information on the prostate-specific antigen test for men at higher risk of developing prostate...

      Radiotherapy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many applications (a) in total and (b) to each strategic health authority for selective internal radiation therapy have been (i) achieved, (ii)...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the annual cost to local authorities (a) in Teesside and (b) nationally of the provision of social care.

      Social Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many social workers were employed by each local authority in (a) England and (b) Wales in each of the last 10 years.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 7 July 2011, Official Report, column 1376W, on visits abroad: Saudi Arabia, what official meetings or...

  • Justice

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will finalise their proposals for all women seeking an abortion to be offered counselling; and who will be consulted in determining the proposals.

    • Agriculture: Peat

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the amount of peat extracted for (a) horticultural, and (b) non-horticultural, use in the United Kingdom in the last 10 years; and by whom it was extracted.

      Armed Forces: Afghanistan and Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many serving members of (a) the Army, (b) the Royal Navy, and (c) the Royal Air Force, have been killed or wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq in each of the past...

      Armed Forces: Pilots

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for French language training of Royal Navy and Royal Air Force pilots.

      Armed Forces: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest estimate of the average total cost to the Exchequer, including salary, pension and associated employment costs, of (a) an officer, and (b) a...

      Childcare Act 2006

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to review the definition of "prospective parent" under Section 2(2) of the Childcare Act 2006 to include the father.

      Crime: Burglary

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the domestic burglary rates in the last five years according to the British Crime Survey and police figures respectively; on which figures they base...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 31 January (WA 220-1) and 22 June (WA 302-3), what analysis was made regarding the Care Quality Commission's...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff are employed by the Human Tissue Authority and the Human Embryo and Fertilisation Authority; and how many posts of those are currently filled by...

      Energy: Nuclear Tests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 5 July (WA 42), whether they will place in the Library of the House a list of the documents relating to...

      Government Departments: Research and Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 21 June (WA 279), what was the variation agreed in the project "Further analysis of the UK breeding pig salmonella...

      Government Departments: Research and Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 21 June (WA 279), what was the variation agreed in the project "Development of epidemiological models for the...

      Government Departments: Research and Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 21 June (WA 279), what was the variation agreed in the project "Salmonella enteritidis and S. Typhimurium in egg...

      Government Departments: Research and Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 21 June (WA 279), what was the variation agreed in the project "Investigation of the risk of transmission of...

      Government Departments: Research and Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 21 June (WA 279), what was the variation agreed in the project "Investigation of the risk of transmission of...

      Government Departments: Research and Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 21 June (WA 279), what was the variation agreed in the project "Practical steps towards reducing discards and...

      Government Departments: Research and Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 21 June (WA 279), what was the variation agreed in the project "Marine Protected Areas-gathering/developing and...

      Government Departments: Research and Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 21 June (WA 279), what was the variation agreed in the project "An investigation into the potential formation of...

      Government Departments: Research and Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 21 June (WA 279), what was the variation agreed in the project "DEFRA pH monitoring project"; and for what reasons.

      Government Departments: Research and Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 21 June (WA 279), what was the variation agreed in the project "Economics and social assessment for marine...

      Government Departments: Research and Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 21 June (WA 279), what was the variation agreed in the project "Maternal transmission of scrapie in sheep"; and...

      Government Departments: Research and Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 21 June (WA 279), what was the variation agreed in the project "To develop a cost effective and practical method...

      Government Departments: Research and Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 21 June (WA 279), what was the variation agreed in the project "Bovine TB vaccine programme"; and for what reason.

      Government Departments: Research and Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 21 June (WA 279), what was the variation agreed in the project "Evaluation of the protection efficacy of vaccines...

      Health: Midwifery

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the mechanism for Independent Midwives UK to ensure that their members are able to join the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts or its equivalent.

      Health: Pressure Sores

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the cost to the National Health Service of treating pressure sores in hospitals and nursing homes in England.

      Health: Reciprocal Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the United Kingdom is liable for paying the healthcare costs, in full or in part, of European Union nationals (and members of their families) who have...

      Health: Reciprocal Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the annual cost of National Health Service treatment for European Union nationals ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom; whether any reciprocal...

      Health: Reciprocal Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 4 July (WA 10), how many of the E109, S1 and E121 forms issued to registered residents from the United Kingdom of...

      Health: Reciprocal Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements are in place to ensure that United Kingdom nationals working in other European Union countries who have dependants in the United Kingdom for whom...

      Healthcare: Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 13 July (WA 181), how was the figure of claims by Polish residents for medical care in the United Kingdom arrived...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Ministers are required to publish impact assessments of changes to immigration policy without amendment; and whether they are entitled to add a dissenting...

      Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the judgment by the European Court of Human Rights that United Kingdom troops in Iraq were bound by human rights law, what plans they have for a...

      Marine Environment: Pollution

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who monitors pollution in the Irish Sea; and, for each of the readings taken in the last 50 years, how, when and where they were taken; and what was the result.

      National Countryside Week

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to support National Countryside Week (11-18 July).

      National Patient Safety Agency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what will happen to the current functions of the National Patient Safety Agency when it closes in 2012.

      NHS: Bed-blocking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what they estimate is the level and cost of bed-blocking in the National Health Service in England.

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which passport offices have personal passport interview offices.

      Prisoners: Self-harm

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 23 June (WA 349), whether disciplinary action was taken following the report into the incident of self-harm at...

      Schools: Work Experience

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will expand the variety of work experience placements offered to students in secondary schools.

      South Wales Police

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have issued to police forces about when a burglary becomes recorded as such; and whether they have any concerns about the performance of South...

      Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 14 July (WA 198), what criteria are applied when assessing whether an elective or non-elective abortion tariff ought...

      Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 4 July (WA 1), whether, in the light of their statement "abortion is not a method of contraception or family...

      Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received any reports or representations from (a) the United Nations Population Fund, (b) Marie Stopes International, or (c) the International...

      Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 7 July (WA 116-17), what assessment they have made of the ability of the International Conference on Population...

      Africa: Agricultural Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government with whom they have discussed the provision of support to the private sector in areas of Africa where the majority of the labour force work in, and a significant...

      Africa: Agricultural Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with governments in Africa on meeting their Maputo Declaration commitments to direct 10 per cent of their national budgets into...

      Agriculture and Food

      To ask Her Majesty's Government with whom they have discussed potential contributions to the Global Agriculture and Food Security Programme as part of their £1.1 billion commitment to food...

      Agriculture and Food: Research Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Technology Strategy Board has completed its review of the lessons learnt from the first research competition on crop protection; and, if so, when they...

      Agriculture: Dairy Farms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the average milk price paid to (a) British dairy farmers, and (b) dairy farmers in the European Union member states, in each of the past five years.

      Agriculture: Dairy Farms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many tonnes of milk products have been exported for each of the past seven years.

      Airports: Heathrow

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 19 July (HL11133), what discussions have taken place between government officials and representatives of the...

      Anti-social Behaviour: Women

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued to women in each of the past ten years; and how many women have been imprisoned for breach of an anti-social...

      Artists' Resale Right

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 7 July (WA 87), on what date they submitted their written evidence to the European Commission's review of the...

      Assessment of Resources Regulations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the consultation undertaken in 2010, whether any decisions have been made regarding the treatment of personal injury payments, the treatment of...

      Atos Healthcare

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they anticipate that Atos Healthcare will be awarded the contract for undertaking the face-to-face assessments for the new personal independence payment.

      Atos Healthcare

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what training Atos Healthcare assessors for the work capability assessment have in autism.

      Aviation: Passenger Duty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in their assessment of the need for and size of airport taxes, they have taken into account the positioning of Northern Ireland's land frontier and its...

      Badgers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will announce their proposals to control tuberculosis in badgers.

      Badgers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the results of the consultation on proposals to cull badgers which ended on 15 December 2010; how many responses were received to the...

      Badgers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest information on the expected date of availability for an oral vaccine against tuberculosis in badgers; and, if this is later than 2015, what is...

      Badgers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held with the police with a view to implementing measures with the objective of (a) preventing injury to third parties while...

      Bank of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the court of the Bank of England has had any formal discussion of the performance of the Bank during the financial crisis without the governor and deputy...

      Bank of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the expected annual travel and hotel costs to be charged to the Bank of England by (a) the independent members of the Monetary Policy Committee, and (b)...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 7 July (WA 89), whether the Bank of England has the authority to share detailed information on the compliance of...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who signed the letter of commitment in respect of Project Merlin on behalf of HSBC; and in which role they so signed.

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the level of lending to United Kingdom small and medium-sized enterprises over each of the last three years to the end of March; and what is their...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether information published by the European Banking Authority on the exposure of United Kingdom banks to the Republic of Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain...

      Banks: Debit Cards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 18 July (WA 247) concerning the use of debit cards, whether they will now introduce legislation to forbid, or...

      Banks: First Trust Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Financial Services Authority has assessed the control the Government of Ireland have taken over the First Trust Bank; what was its conclusion; and...

      Banks: Stress Tests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the stress test of banks published by the European Banking Authority has served a useful purpose.

      Benefits: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, in the light of the commitments made that the assessment for the personal independence payment (PIP) will capture the needs of people with...

      Benefits: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that there are enough trained professionals in the United Kingdom to assess adults with autism for the forthcoming personal...

      British Embassies: Business Plans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish in full the recently submitted business plans by Her Majesty's Ambassadors to (a) Kazakhstan, (b) Kyrgyzstan, (c) Tajikistan, (d)...

      British Embassies: Business Plans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the recently submitted business plan by Her Majesty's Ambassador to Mongolia.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to respond to the Human Rights Watch report Dead Men Walking: Convict Porters on the Front Lines in Eastern Burma; and whether they intend to raise...

      Childcare Act 2006

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Secretary of State has set any targets under section 1(3) of the Childcare Act 2006; what those targets are; to what extent they have been achieved by...

      Childcare Act 2006

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence they have that local authorities in England are complying with the following sections of the Childcare Act 2006: (a) section 3(2); (b) section 3(3);...

      Children: Bullying

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to reduce the bullying of children with learning disabilities.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether HM Revenue and Customs classify ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis) as a mental health condition; and, if so, whether this accords with clinical advice.

      Commonwealth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that Parliament is able to debate and express a view upon the admission of further states to the Commonwealth before such admissions...

      Companies House: Forms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what checks are made to authenticate details submitted to Companies House on forms AP01 and AP02.

      Court of the Bank of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether copies of the minutes of meetings of the court of the Bank of England are given to HM Treasury or the Financial Services Authority.

      Court of the Bank of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the court of the Bank of England conducts regular reviews of board efficiency in accordance with the recommendations of the Financial Reporting Council...

      Court of the Bank of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether HM Treasury receives copies of minutes of meetings of the court of the Bank of England and of its Audit and Risk Committee and Remuneration Committee.

      Court of the Bank of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 11 July (WA 121-2), whether the court of the Bank of England has conducted a survey of its effectiveness since...

      Crime: Burglary

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they propose to address the recent increase in burglaries.

      Crime: Stalking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many crimes of (a) homicide, (b) wounding, and (c) grievous bodily harm, were recorded by police forces in England and Wales in 2009-10 that were preceded by...

      Crime: Suspicious Activity Reports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many entries there are on the Serious Organised Crime Agency's Elmer database of Suspicious Activities Reports; and according to what criteria entries on the...

      Crime: Suspicious Activity Reports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what organisations have direct "desktop" access, access from a terminal in a local police station, or access in the premises of the Serious Organised Crime Agency,...

      Crime: Suspicious Activity Reports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many anonymous Suspicious Activity Reports have been received by the Serious Organised Crime Agency; how many of those were entered onto the Elmer database...

      Crime: Suspicious Activity Reports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to disclose to subjects of Suspicious Activity Reports the existence of those reports in accordance with the first, third and fifth...

      Crown Estate

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what person, body or bodies has or have the ultimate ownership of the Crown Estate.

      Debt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the assumption used by the European Banking Authority in its stress test of major European and United Kingdom banks that all sovereign...

      Disabled People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that those with disabilities are protected from discrimination prior to birth.

      Dr Kwame Nkrumah

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what papers they hold, not including those already released to the National Archives, about Dr Kwame Nkrumah.

      Electoral Register

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 26 January (WA 958), what further consideration they have made of nominating a main residence for...

      EU: Defence Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the European Union directive on cross-border competition for defence goods will come into effect. To ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to exercise...

      Falkland Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are in negotiations with the Government of Argentina over the future exploitation of any oil deposits that may be found in waters around the Falkland...

      Falkland Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what communications they have received in the past year from foreign Governments concerning the future of the Falkland Islands.

      Falkland Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received any representations from the Government of the United States about the future of the Falkland Islands.

      Falkland Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who is responsible for the issue of licences permitting the exploration for minerals in waters surrounding the Falkland Islands.

      Falkland Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last received representations from the United Nations concerning the Falkland Islands.

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance is given to social workers regarding registration and action in relation to female genital mutilation.

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what impact the cuts in police funding will have on police activities to combat female genital mutilation.

      Finance: High Frequency Share Trading

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they anticipate receiving the report from the group on high frequency share trading established in September 2010; and how many times Ministers have met with...

      Finance: Investors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps the Financial Services Authority is taking to return funding to British investors following the case of United States v Michael Geraud in the southern...

      Finance: Stocks and Shares

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the steps taken by the Financial Services Authority to regulate the market in stock and share lending; and what actions have been...

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve the accountability of the Financial Services Authority, and its successors, in cases where regulatory defects or mistakes...

      Financial Services Compensation Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what lessons they have learnt from the Keydata failure; and how they will ensure that those financial firms which undertake their business responsibly are not...

      Financial Services Compensation Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are considering making changes to the operation of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, and in particular how it will operate, be managed and...

      Firearms: Home Office Firearms Forms Working Group

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect that the Home Office Firearms Forms Working Group will report and make recommendations to Ministers.

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 26 April (WA 47), whether they are now able to answer the question whether the pattern of general health in...

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in relation to dental health what is the decayed/missing/filled rate for Manchester; how this compares with Birmingham; and to what extent any difference is...

      Gary McKinnon

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the current revelations concerning phone hacking, the elapse of time involved and his medical condition, whether they will review their decision...

      Government Departments: Research and Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 21 June (WA 279), what was the variation agreed in the project "Economics of organic farming 2009/10 to 2010/11";...

      Government Departments: Research and Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 21 June (WA 279), what was the variation agreed in the project "Control and risk management of honey bee pests and...

      Government Departments: Research and Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 21 June (WA 279), what was the variation agreed in the project "Multiplex approaches for biochemical TSE strain...

      Government Departments: Research and Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 21 June (WA 279), what was the variation agreed in the project "Modelling of tropospheric ozone"; and for what reasons.

      Government Departments: Research and Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 21 June (WA 279), what was the variation agreed in the project "The impact of shortened rotations on rhizosphere...

      Government Departments: Research and Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 21 June (WA 279), what was the variation agreed in the project "Unlocking the potential of community composting";...

      Government Departments: Research and Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 21 June (WA 279), what was the variation agreed in the project Further Development of Guidance on Aged Sorption on...

      Government Departments: Research and Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 21 June (WA 279), what was the variation agreed in the project "Studies on the environmental persistence of TSE...

      Government Departments: Research and Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 21 June (WA 279), what was the variation agreed in the project "Studies on environmental scrapie strains...

      Government Departments: Research and Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 21 June (WA 279), what was the variation agreed in the project "Review of Transboundary air pollution (RoTAP)";...

      Government Departments: Research and Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 21 June (WA 279), what was the variation agreed in the project "Maintenance and scientific curation of the...

      Government Departments: Research and Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 21 June (WA 279), what was the variation agreed in the project "Scenario Development for future waste policy"; and...

      Government Departments: Research and Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 21 June (WA 279), what was the variation agreed in the project "Investigation of sheep to sheep passage on the BSE...

      Government Departments: Research and Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 20 July (HL11081), what data they collate on the proportion of the workforces based in the United Kingdom of...

      Government Departments: Websites

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how often and in what circumstances is the website of the Department for Education updated.

      Government: Policy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the present policy for Cabinet collective responsibility.

      Health: Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that people with cancer continue to receive critical financial support for as long as their disability or long-term condition...

      Health: Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that people with cancer can apply for financial support to help with the extra costs of being disabled as soon as their...

      Health: Contaminated Blood Products

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why NHS patients infected with HIV by NHS contaminated blood products are excluded from applying to the Caxton Foundation for help.

      Health: Reciprocal Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 7 July (WA 99-100), why the Department for Work and Pensions no longer has records of the healthcare costs survey...

      Health: Reciprocal Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 12 July (WA 161), why the returned Pension Service healthcare costs questionnaires sent to United Kingdom...

      Health: Surgical Instruments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 11 July (WA 134-5) concerning the monitoring of imported surgical equipment, how many allegations of non-compliance...

      HM Treasury: Board of Directors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the board of directors of HM Treasury last met; and when it last met with all independent directors present.

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of claimants in Tower Hamlets affected by the move to set local housing allowance rates at the 30th percentile rather...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the average loss per claimant in Tower Hamlets of those affected by the move to set local housing allowance rates at the 30th...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government with which voluntary immigrant advice centres they are in continuous contact.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government to which voluntary immigrant advice organisations they give funding.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they give to each voluntary immigrant advice centre which receives government funding.

      Immigration: Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of border controls between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in processing legitimate crossings; and what steps they are taking...

      International Monetary Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of proposals that voting rights of individual countries at the International Monetary Fund should reflect (a) countries' share of...

      Internet: Broadband

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will ensure that consumers who cannot receive superfast broadband will be offered broadband by some alternative technology if Ofcom does not include a 99...

      Internet: Broadband

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Ofcom about introducing a coverage obligation of (a) 98 per cent, and (b) 99 per cent, for the forthcoming auction of 4G...

      Internet: Broadband

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when 4G wireless broadband minimum target speeds of at least two megabits per second will be available to consumers who are not to be offered superfast broadband...

      Iraq: Camp Ashraf

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the raid on Camp Ashraf in April 2011 by Iraqi security forces.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Israel's passing of the boycott law and its impact on freedom of speech.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the treatment of British participants in the "Flytilla" by Israeli authorities; and what discussions they had with the Government...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the United Nations report into the killing of Palestinian protesters on Nakba day on the border between Israel and Lebanon.

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with representatives of the newly recognised Government of Libya on the departure of Colonel Gaddafi.

      Local Government: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support is available to facilitate the co-ordination of local government services at national level in providing information to central government...

      London Thames Gateway Development Corporation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hanham on 16 March (WA 75), what representations they have received from (a) the Mayor of London, (b) the London Borough...

      Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their priorities for the forthcoming United Nations Security Council's open debate on the Middle East.

      Migrant Workers: Bulgarians and Romanians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 14 July (WA 211), how many applications have been (a) made, (b) granted, and (c) turned down, by Bulgarians and...

      Migration Advisory Committee

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Browning on 6 July (WA 79), why they have no plans to alter the Migration Advisory Committee's purpose and remit to...

      National Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which bodies are empowered to issue national insurance numbers.

      National Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the increase in outstanding National Insurance numbers from 76.8 million in 2007 to 83.36 million currently is split between (a) United Kingdom citizens, (b)...

      NHS: EU Regulations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in what circumstances, if any, services delivered by NHS organisations become subject to European Union competition law.

      Northern Ireland: Economy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Shutt of Greetland on 18 July (WA 230), why Johnston Press Weekly Papers were not invited to the launch event of the...

      Northern Ireland: Economy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Shutt of Greetland on 19 July (WA 265), why the Northern Media Group radio stations based in rural Northern Ireland were not...

      Northern Ireland: Economy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Shutt of Greetland on 19 July (WA 265), why questions relating to the press launch of HM Treasury's consultation paper...

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people applied for the position of Chief Commissioner and Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission respectively; how many were...

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what staff positions in the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission have been abolished in the last 18 months; how many individuals have been made redundant; what...

      Northern Ireland: Recognition Payments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 6 July (WA 82), what were the various payments made, or proposed to be made, to members and former members of the...

      Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 5 April (WA 362), in reviewing available independent studies about race hatred in Palestinian school...

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many passports belonging to people who have been allowed into the United Kingdom are retained by the UK Border Agency pending inquiry; where such passports are...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 13 July (WA 190-91), on what evidence is the figure of 16 per cent of public sector employees not being members of...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the sources in the Office for Budget Responsibility's July 2011 fiscal sustainability report for the net present value of public sector pension payments...

      Planning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to replace the advice to local planning authorities in Planning Policy Statement 12: Local Development Frameworks; how this will be done; and...

      Protection from Harassment Act 1997

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many persons charged with being in breach of a restraining order under Section 5 of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 were (a) prosecuted, and (b) not...

      Public Records: Colonial Documents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action is being taken to recover the remaining 13 boxes of top secret files in relation to the Kenyan Mau Mau rebellion to complete the release of all known...

      Public Records: Colonial Documents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they use to determine whether documents relating to individuals involved in independence movements in the United Kingdom's former colonies are...

      Republic of Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there are any purposes for which the Republic of Ireland is not considered to be a foreign country.

      Rifat Assad

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the presence of Rifat Assad in the United Kingdom in the light of his role in the 1982 massacre at Hama.

      School Standards and Framework Act 1998

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House counsel's advice to the Equality and Human Rights Commission on the compatibility of Section 60 of the School...

      Sexual Offences Act 2003

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prosecutions and how many convictions by year there have been since the passage of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 under (a) Section 52, causing or inciting...

      Social Care: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what resources could be made available to improve the funding of adult social care by requiring those over the age for payment of the state pension who are in...

      Social Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who were the 68 individuals and organisations who responded to the Department for Work and Pensions Green Paper on Social Fund reform published in March 2010, and...

      South Wales Police

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to refer to the Independent Police Complaints Commission an allegation of political interference in the work of police community...

      Sport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the remit of Skills Active under the terms of its licence; and what responsibility it has to ensure there is adequate consultation with industry...

      Sport: Swimming

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the operations of the Amateur Swimming Association in its capacity as the national governing body for swimming. To ask Her Majesty's...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the countries of North and South Sudan reach an equitable and transparent agreement on Sudan's oil wealth.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to support the Government of South Sudan to manage their oil wealth in a transparent and accountable way, which meets the needs of...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of the aerial bombardment by the armed forces of the Republic of the Sudan in the Nuba Mountains.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will refer the bomb attack on the hospital north of Kauda Valley in Southern Kordofan to the International Criminal Court for investigation.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place the situation in Southern Kordofan before the United Nations Security Council, and call for a discussion of the implications of the...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the air bombings in Darfur and Southern Kordofan; and whether they intend to ask the United Nations Security Council for the...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of bombing raids on Darfur by the Government of Sudan during 2010, and to the end of April 2011.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have sought a discussion in the United Nations Security Council about infringements of Resolution 1591 (2005), prohibiting bombing raids on Darfur,...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the African Union and United Nations hybrid operation in Darfur to obtain unrestricted access to all areas of Darfur in...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to United Nations agencies to publish on a regular basis comprehensive data on the humanitarian and human rights situation...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) report on The Human Rights Situation During The Recent Violence in Southern Kordofan Sudan.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to press for a referral to the International Criminal Court of events in Southern Kordofan in the light of the findings in the report by the...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they propose to put to the United Nations Security Council to protect civilians in South Kordofan.

      Taxation: Corporation Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimated yield of corporation tax for the financial years (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, and (c) 2012-13.

      Taxation: Corporation Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will be taking, together with other G20 nations, to ensure that multinational companies do not avoid paying corporate taxes that are due to the...

      Taxation: Corporation Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what conditions will be required to be applied by European Union state aid rules in the event of a decision to devolve the responsibility for determining the rate...

      Taxation: Corporation Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the event of devolution to the Northern Ireland Assembly of the responsibility for setting the rate of corporation tax in Northern Ireland, it will be...

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 28 June (WA 417), what assessment they have made of whether Turkey is fulfilling its Organisation for...

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many responses they have received to the publication on the new draft constitution for the Turks and Caicos Islands; and how many of these responses support...

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their planned timetable for introducing a new constitution in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

      UK Financial Investments Ltd

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding the financial institutions in which UK Financial Investments Ltd has an interest have made available to start-up companies in the past year.

      Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 28 March (WA 231-3), whether a decision has yet been taken on the frequency with which universal credit will be...

      Universities: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will take steps to ensure that university students from England and Wales who study in Scottish universities are not financially disadvantaged...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Browning on 11 July (WA 123-24), how many applicants for naturalisation last year quoted time spent in the United...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 13 July (WA 188-89), what is the average salary quoted in applications last year for tier 2 intra-company...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government under what circumstances an artist who is not a citizen of a European Union member state can come to the United Kingdom and work on a self-generated project such...

      Young People: Enterprise

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to encourage enterprise among young people including through financial and communication incentives.

      Young People: Politics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what they are doing to encourage more young people to vote in elections.

      Anguilla

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Deputy Governor of Anguilla has recommended moving the portfolios of the permanent secretaries of Anguilla into financial and economic roles; and what...

      Animals: Scientific Procedures

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to implement a ban on the use of animals in the testing of household products.

      Animals: Scientific Procedures

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their strategy to reduce the number of animals used in experiments.

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what type of catapult will be fitted to the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier.

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the availability for operations over a 15-year period of one Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier.

      Armed Forces: Broadband

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of sea, army and air cadet units have direct access to broadband; and whether such access is important for basic training and access to programmes...

      Armed Forces: Helicopters

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 18 July (WA 226), what will be the latest date for the transition of the initial tranche of Royal Navy and...

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the performance against target for recruitment to the Armed Forces for (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales, and (d) Northern Ireland, for the last three...

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the performance against target for recruitment to the reserve forces for (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales, and (d) Northern Ireland, for the last...

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many recruits to the Armed Forces, in the last three years for which figures are available, were citizens of the Republic of Ireland.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the level of effectiveness of the current test for tuberculosis in cattle; and what proposals they have for improving the effectiveness of the test.

      Children Act 2004

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to review the Children Act 2004 in respect of those aspects of the Act which regulate private fostering.

      Claims Management

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, for the year to 31 March 2011, how many claims management businesses had their authorisations suspended or cancelled for reasons other than failure to pay their...

      Claims Management

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, for the year to 31 March 2011, how many complaints the Claims Management Regulator received about any claims management businesses that had their authorisation...

      Cyprus: Electricity Supply

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether electricity generators in the two United Kingdom sovereign bases in Cyprus can be used to supplement the electricity supply of southern Cyprus.

      Defence: UK-US Defence Trade Co-operation Treaty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will submit test cases (Pathfinders) to the United States State Department in connection with the United States-United Kingdom Defence Trade Co-operation...

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the transition to free elections in Egypt and what discussions have they had on this subject with the transitional Government of...

      Energy: Green Deal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken to ensure that the Green Deal assessor acts solely and independently in the interests of the household.

      Energy: Green Deal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ensure that all contractors delivering Green Deal services are compliant with any relevant competent persons scheme and are members of Trustmark.

      Energy: Green Deal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will encourage the dissemination of standard-setting schemes run by specialist construction organisations throughout the delivery of Green Deal programmes.

      Energy: Wind Farms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in each of the last five years, how many onshore wind-farm planning applications were decided by local planning authorities in England, Scotland and Wales; of...

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will continue to fund female genital mutilation clinics.

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is a common code of conduct for all healthcare professionals regarding female genital mutilation. To ask Her Majesty's Government what efforts they...

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to train key professionals including police officers and social workers to combat female genital mutilation.

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is being done to ensure that general practitioners, doctors in private practice and cosmetic surgeons are aware of the correct procedures when advising women...

      Firearms: Home Office Firearms Forms Working Group

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the membership and work programme of the Home Office Firearms Forms Working Group.

      Government Departments: Research and Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 21 June (WA 279), what was the variation agreed in the project "Marketing segmentation in the agriculture sector:...

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the remit of non-executive directors in departments of state includes evaluating the performance of Ministers and Permanent Secretaries.

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Rawlings on 20 July confirming that Andy Coulson had been properly vetted, whether they will now publish the advice given by the...

      Health: Contaminated Blood Products

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements have been made to appoint trustees of the Caxton Foundation; and whether representatives of the haemophilia community will be included on the board.

      Health: Contaminated Blood Products

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to undertake any further review of the arrangements for NHS patients infected by contaminated NHS blood products when Lord Penrose publishes...

      Healthcare: Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 14 July (WA 207-8), why the European Union requires member states to pay for the healthcare costs of pensioners who...

      House of Lords: IT

      To ask the Chairman of Committees why Members are prevented from installing Dropbox on computers supplied by PICT; what steps are being taken to resolve this issue to enable Members to use...

      House of Lords: Telephone Hacking

      To ask the Chairman of Committees whether he will write to the officer in charge of the Metropolitan Police inquiry into phone hacking, on behalf of all Members of the House of Lords, to ask (1)...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel regarding the uprooting of olive trees by troops and Israeli settlers in Deir Istiya in the...

      Local Government: Consent Regimes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hanham on 19 July (WA 276), whether in pursuit of its policy on decentralisation and localism the Department of...

      Media: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for the regulatory regime for the media while the inquiries into phone hacking and media ethics are taking place; and how they will ensure...

      NHS: EU Regulations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any NHS services currently being delivered have been the subject of European Union tendering procedures. To ask Her Majesty's Government what case law on...

      NHS: Non-UK Residents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the cost to the National Health Service of international health tourism; and whether the Home Office has consulted the Department of Health on assessing...

      NHS: Waiting Lists

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the average waiting time for elective surgery in each of the last 34 months, by hospital trust.

      Offenders: Unpaid Work

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether a probation trust or a private company will pay for any prosecution of a breach of unpaid work conditions following the completion of the tendering process...

      Offenders: Unpaid Work

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what management levels will be available (a) within central government, (b) at the regional level, and (c) within the probation trust, for the provision of unpaid...

      Offenders: Unpaid Work

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what quality assurance procedures private sector companies will be subject to in the bidding process for supervising offenders with disabilities undertaking unpaid...

      Policing and Crime Act 2009

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many closure orders have been made under Section 21 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009. To ask Her Majesty's Government how many orders requiring attendance at...

      Prisoners: Self-harm

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether guidance about the supervision of prisoners with a history of self-harm was followed at the Close Supervision Centre at HMP Woodhill; whether specific...

      Prisoners: Self-harm

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action is being taken following the incident in which a prisoner in HMP Woodhill cut off both his ears; and whether details of such action will be published.

      Protection from Harassment Act 1997

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many persons prosecuted for breach of a restraining order under Section 5 of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 were found (a) guilty, and (b) not guilty;...

      Schools: Leaving Age

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the transport implications of raising the school leaving age to 18.

      Schools: Sport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the projected cost of ensuring that every primary school has one teacher trained to teach sport, physical activity and play to national curriculum level.

      Schools: Sport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many hours are spent each year training primary school teachers in the subjects of sport, physical activity and play.

      Schools: Sport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who is responsible for the delivery of the school games level 3 pilot projects.

      Schools: Sport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the balance of funding between departmental, Sport England, Youth Sport Trust and private sector budgets for the promotion of school sport including the...

      Schools: Sport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many partnership development managers and competition managers have taken on contracts as school games organisers during 2010 and 2011; whether those who did...

      Schools: Sport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the object of the school games level 3 both at pilot and national level remains the provision of inter-school competitive sport for talented young people;...

      Sexual Offences Act 2003

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, for each year since 2000, how many prosecutions and how many convictions there have been under the Sexual Offences Act 1956 for offences connected with keeping a...

      Somalia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of Amnesty International's report In the line of fire: Somalia's children under attack, published on 20 July; and whether they...

      Sport: SkillsActive

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the constitutional remit of SkillsActive; and what power it has to intervene if there is stakeholder disagreement about the future of specific sporting...

      Telephone Hacking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the public inquiry into phone hacking and media ethics headed by Lord Justice Leveson will be able to investigate (a) contact between Government Ministers...

      Young People: Creative Industries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 14 July (HL Deb, col. 841) concerning young people and the creative industries, what mechanisms are in place...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 11 July (WA 150), why their regular discussions of Zimbabwe with the South African Government have not...

      Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of the correspondence between Lord Alton of Liverpool and the Secretary of State for International...

      Africa: Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government to which African countries they have provided or removed budgetary support from in the last 10 years; and on which dates.

      Agriculture and Food

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to implement the recommendations of the 2008 International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development Report...

      Energy: Wind Farms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in each of the last five years, how many onshore windfarm planning applications were decided on appeal by the Secretary of State (directly or through a planning...

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Mr Andy Coulson had access to secret and highly confidential classified documents and information when serving as Director of Communications at Number 10...

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the basic background check on Mr Coulson referred to by the Prime Minister in his press conference on 8 July related to his appointment as the Prime...

      Horn of Africa

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the links between poor governance in the Horn of Africa and the current food crisis.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the new criteria to fund emergency aid will take account of low profile emergencies that do not attract media attention.

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