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Written answers

Thursday, 8 September 2011

  • House of Commons Commission

    • MyUK

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what feedback the Parliamentary Education Service has received following the launch...

    • Construction

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, by what date the House of Commons Commission expects Commons Court to be free of...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Chagos Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his (a) US and (b) Mauritius counterpart on the Chagos Islands.

    • Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to increase the number of officials of his Department based in Gibraltar.

      Sergei Magnitsky

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received from the Russian Interior Ministries on the prosecution of the late Sergi Magnitsky for tax...

      Sergei Magnitsky

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the Russian Government on the prosecution of the late Sergi Magnitsky for tax evasion.

      Zimbabwe: Racial Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government intends to ask the United Nations to activate the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial...

  • Prime Minister

    • Climate Change: Conferences

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he plans to attend the forthcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban.

    • Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Prime Minister how many senior civil servants in his Office at each grade had worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst and Young, Deloitte or KPMG immediately prior to taking up their...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Community Right to Challenge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department plans to issue to local authorities on the statutory grounds on which certain local services may be...

    • Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effects on community cohesion of the Al Quds Day rally held on 21 August 2011.

      Council Housing: Evictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) guidance has been issued to and (b) discussions he has had with local authorities on the eviction of council tenants...

      Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding was provided to each local authority from Homes and Communities Agency Gypsy and Traveller programme grants for...

      Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many Traveller sites have been built in each local authority area since May 2010.

      Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate his Department has made of the number of unauthorised Traveller sites in (a) each local authority area and (b)...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Edelman

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister (1) how many telephone calls have taken place between his Department and Edelman since 6 May 2010; (2) how many representatives of Edelman have visited his...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Housing Benefit: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance his Department issues to local authorities on the award of housing benefit to victims of domestic violence who flee their homes.

    • Housing Benefit: Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of non-resident parents (a) in Bristol and (b) nationally who will be restricted to the local housing...

      Housing Benefit: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with charities and support workers on the effects on single people under 35 leaving (a) prison and (b) supported...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to respond to the letters from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 25 May and 30 June 2011 regarding his constituent...

      Pensioners: Jarrow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners (a) aged 80 and over received the annual £400 winter fuel payment and (b) aged 60 and over received the annual...

      Pensioners: Jarrow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average weekly income was of a pensioner household in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK...

      Pensioners: Jarrow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) nationwide received the basic state pension in...

      Post Office Card Account

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people had a Post Office card account in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many work capability assessments have been completed in each month of the last year.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Daylight Savings Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent representations he has received on the potential benefits to the tourism industry of the provisions of the...

    • Film and Video Games Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what plans he has for future support for the (a) film and (b) video games industry; and if he will make a statement.

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the potential legacy of the equestrian events of the London 2012 Olympics.

      London Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the status is of the contingency fund for the London 2012 Olympics.

      BSkyB

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent representations he has received on the implications for the broadcasting sector of the decision by News...

      Casinos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether he plans to review the restrictions on building new casinos under the provisions of the Gambling Act 2005.

      Football: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) whether he has had any discussions with the Scottish Executive regarding the flying of the Cross of St. George at...

      Gun Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effect of the provisions of section 5 of the Firearms Act 1968 on levels of grassroots...

      Motor Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on Formula One motor racing in the...

      Telephone Tapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what progress has been made in the Leveson inquiry into telephone hacking.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what proportion of written questions tabled to him for answer on a named day did not receive a substantive answer on the day...

  • Leader of the House

    • Business Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will make it his policy to increase the number of days allocated to backbench business in the 2010-12 Session pro rata from 35 to reflect the anticipated...

    • Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House what proportion of written questions tabled to him for answer on a named day did not receive a substantive answer on the day named for answer between (a) 27 May...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions has he had with the Prime Minister on the forthcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban.

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what meetings (a) he and (b) other ministers in his Department have had on the forthcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference in...

      Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he and his ministerial colleagues have had with European counterparts to discuss the forthcoming United Nations...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of written questions tabled to him for answer on a named day did not receive a substantive answer on the day named for...

      Desalination: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the effects of desalination plants on UK carbon emissions.

      Fuel Poverty: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of households in fuel poverty living in (a) F and (b) G rated properties in each of the last...

      Fuel Poverty: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effects of increasing fuel prices on levels of fuel poverty since July 2011; and if he will make a...

      Wind Power: Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if his Department will commission independent research into the effect of (a) offshore and (b) onshore wind turbine bird strikes on...

      Wind Power: Hydrogen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the status is of hydrogen in his Department's energy policy; what consideration he has given to the possibility of storing power...

  • Transport

    • Buses: GPS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will develop a strategy for the installation for global positioning system tracking systems on bus fleets.

    • Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many senior civil servants in his Department at each grade had worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, Deloitte or KPMG immediately...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding he has allocated to each telephone helpline operated by his Department in 2011-12; and what the purpose is of each such helpline.

      Driving: Age

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the potential effects of the application of provisions of the Equality Act 2010 relating to age discrimination to car...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when his Department plans to publish its response to the consultation on proposals to amend driving licence standards for vision, diabetes and epilepsy.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions he has had with (a) the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency and (b) Diabetes UK on proposals to amend driving licence standards for...

      Rescue Services: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of lives saved by coastguards operating out of the (a) Forth and (b) Clyde station in the last 10 years; what...

      Thameslink Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what dates bidders for the Thameslink Rolling Stock Project were required to submit (a) their initial bids and (b) any revised bids.

      Thameslink Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many meetings (a) Ministers in his Department and (b) senior departmental officials had with lobby companies representing Siemens between 10...

      Thameslink: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what meetings (a) he and (b) other Ministers in his Department have had with representatives of manufacturing industry to discuss the Thameslink...

      Vehicle Number Plates: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many pieces of correspondence relating to the use of national flags on vehicle number plates he has received in the last 12 months.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has spent on tarmac roads in Afghanistan in each year since the start of UK military operations.

    • Afghanistan: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many miles of tarmac roads his Department has funded in Afghanistan in each year since the start of UK military operations.

      Departmental Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development from what organisation each piece of research commissioned by his Department since May 2010 was commissioned; and what the net worth...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) meetings and (b) other contacts he has had with Vitol Group since May 2010.

      Libya: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department has allocated to post-conflict reconstruction in Libya.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research her Department is funding on nitrogen fixation on farms.

    • Animal Welfare: Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what support she plans to provide to local authorities seeking to tackle anti-social behaviour involving dogs.

      Animal Welfare: Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on (a) proposed measures to tackle...

      Badgers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of the training of operatives to carry out a badger cull;...

      Badgers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the likely costs to the public purse in each cost category arising from the proposed badger...

      Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to her Department's Natural Environment White Paper, what decision-making process will apply to the timing and...

      Bovine tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her Statement of 19 July 2011, Official Report, column 811-2, on Bovine TB, who will provide training courses for...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the potential reduction in compensation and testing costs over (a) five and (b) 10 years under...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much was paid to farmers in Harrogate District under the common agricultural policy in the last 12 months.

      Dogs: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the size of the (a) dog and (b) cat population in urban areas; and if she will bring forward...

      Foot and Mouth Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the risk that a reduction in resources affects the capability of the Animal Health...

      Meat: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will bring forward proposals to introduce meat labelling that indicates whether the animal slaughtered has been...

      Pets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to ensure that Regulation (EC) 998/2003 on the animal health requirements applicable to the...

      Poultry: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding her Department has allocated in England to convert existing cages for laying hens into enriched cages.

      Poultry: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information her Department holds on rates of lameness among broiler chickens in each of the last three years.

      Roadmap

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the European Commission's proposed roadmap for a resource-efficient Europe.

      Weedkillers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent reports she has received on the contamination of crops and produce by the herbicide aminopyralid; and if she will...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to extend tour of duty periods for (a) regular and (b) reservist service personnel serving overseas.

    • Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many officers are based at (a) Redford, (b) Dreghorn and (c) Craigiehall.

      Armed Forces: Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many children of army personnel based at (a) Craigiehall, (b) Redford and (c) Dreghorn have received funding from the public purse for the purposes...

      Army Air Corps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the establishment is of (a) helicopters by type and (b) fixed wing aircraft of each type of the Army Air Corps; (2) what the establishment is...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what savings he expects to arise as a result of changing from the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) VTOL to the JSF carrier variant.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has secured source code access to the Joint Strike Fighter for non-operational UK-based upgrades or developments.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what unit price he has agreed for the Joint Strike Fighter carrier variant; (2) how many Joint Strike Fighter carrier variants he has ordered.

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) pursuant to the oral statement of 18 July 2011, Official Report, column 644W, on defence transformation, what assessment his Department made of the...

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education who will identify academy schools at risk of (a) educational and (b) financial failure; and who will be responsible for ensuring such a school's...

    • Assessments: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department has taken to ensure consistency of academic standards among examination boards.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many looked after children were the subject of special guardianship in each local authority in England in each year since 2000; and how many such...

      GCE A Level: Mathematics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of pupils achieving A-level grades of AAB or higher achieved one of those grades in (a) mathematics and (b) a science in the latest...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what proportion of Year 11 pupils were entered for a (a) GCSE in (i) history, (ii) geography, (iii) a modern foreign language, (iv) physics, (v)...

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of key stage four exam entries consisted of academic non-applied GCSEs in each school that has been replaced by an academy in the last...

      Schools: Reading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools in (a) Reading West constituency and (b) Reading achieved a rating of (i) outstanding, (ii) good, (iii) satisfactory and (iv)...

      Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether the level of employers' contribution for academy school pension funds will be the same as that for other schools; and if he will make a statement.

  • Treasury

    • Air Force: Military Bases

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what occasions (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department, (c) political advisers and (d) civil servants have discussed the future of RAF bases within the...

    • Banks: EU Action

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the European Commission's proposed Capital Requirements Directive; and if he will make a statement.

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 14 July 2011, Official Report, column 461W, on habitual residence, what level of child tax credit is available in each other EU...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish a timetable for the commencement of compensation payments to those categories of Equitable Life policy holders who have not yet begun to...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what payments he has made to Equitable Life policy holders; and what further payments he plans to make in 2011.

      Eurostar: Sterling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will seek an explanation from the operator of Eurostar on the reasons for its refusal to accept British currency from customers seeking to purchase...

      Excise Duties: Wines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has any plans to introduce a sliding scale on rates in excise duty for wine production similar to that for beer production.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 26 May 2011 regarding his constituent Mr Simon Licence.

      National Insurance Contributions: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many businesses in Northern Ireland have participated in the national insurance contribution holiday since September 2010; (2) how many...

      Renewable Energy: Developing Countries

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to work with the International Monetary Fund to promote renewable energy in developing countries.

      Tax Evasion: Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many prosecutions for tax evasion of (a) companies and (b) individuals there have been in each year since 1990; and how many convictions led to (i)...

      VAT: Golf

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will amend the Value Added Tax regulations so that charges levied on golf clubs operated by proprietors are the same as those levied on non-profit...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business Links: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many Business Link advisers were working in (a) each region and (b) each parliamentary constituency in May 2010.

    • Business Links: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what (a) training and (b) professional development has been provided to Business Link advisers; and how these have been accredited.

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many hours each business mentor is expected to provide (a) per week and (b) per month to the Business Mentoring Scheme.

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what training (a) has been and (b) will be provided to business mentors under the Business Mentoring Scheme; and how this...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what information he plans to collect on the (a) number and (b) size of businesses taking up advice through the Business Mentoring...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what process will be followed to appoint mentors under the Business Mentoring Scheme.

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what legal advice he has received on the eligibility of EU students (a) to the National Scholarship Programme and (b) for fee...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the value of bids which were successful in Round 2 of the Regional Growth Fund was for each administrative English region.

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on what date he will complete the process of validation of successful bids for the Regional Growth Fund.

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many officials in his Department are working primarily on validation of successful bids for the Regional Growth Fund.

      Students: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with (a) the Minister for Women and Equalities and (b) the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Mortality Rates

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the (a) life expectancy, (b) cancer survival rate and (c) infant mortality rate was for the five (i) most and (ii) least prosperous primary care...

    • BBC Monitoring

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when his Department will issue a response to the Intelligence and Security Committee Annual Report 2010-11 in respect of BBC Monitoring.

      BBC Monitoring

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent meetings have taken place between members of his ministerial team and officials working in his Department and representatives of the BBC...

      BBC Monitoring

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment his Department has made of the effects on local economies of the implementation of the outcomes of the 2010 spending review in respect...

      Civil Contingencies Secretariat

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will review the effectiveness and efficiency of the Civil Contingencies Secretariat.

      Civil Service Live Conference

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the cost to the public purse was of Civil Service Live on 5-7 July 2011.

      Common Good Communications Council

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what progress he has made on implementing the proposal for a Common Good Communications Council; and if he will make a statement.

      Corruption

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether account is taken of (a) convictions for corruption and (b) breaches of rules in (i) the UK and (ii) the EU when deciding on the award of...

      Creative Industries

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether the creative industries are included in the Office for National Statistics economic indicators.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many times officials in the Office of Government Commerce met representatives of (a) Siemens Project Ventures GmbH, (b) Innisfree Ltd and (c) 3i...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether his Department has issued directions to staff in (a) UK Trade and Investment and (b) Business Links on communications with hon. Members about...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what methodology (a) his Department and (b) the non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible used to estimate savings to the public purse...

      Director of Public Prosecutions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 12 July 2011, Official Report, column 262W, on Director of Public Prosecutions, whether Lord Macdonald of River Glaven cleared...

      Financial Services: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether he has undertaken an impact assessment of jobs being offshored by private companies holding public sector contracts in the next five years.

      Financial Services: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether he has estimated how many jobs are likely to be offshored by companies holding Government contracts over the next five years.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to (a) the publication by the Prime Minister of his meetings with media executives and (b) paragraph 74 of the Third Report of the...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what recent discussions he has had with the Information Commissioner's office on steps to improve his Department's performance in responding to...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what progress he has made on eliminating pre-qualification questionnaires for central Government procurements under £100,000.

      Licensing

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether his Department has considered the merits of fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing obligations in respect of procurement...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will place in the Library an updated list of non-departmental public bodies and their parent departments.

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of savings to the public purse from the abolition of public bodies since May 2010; and what estimate he has made of savings to...

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether he has had recent discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the timetable for negotiations on changes to public service pension schemes.

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what progress has been made on requiring small and medium-sized enterprises to provide pre-qualification data only once for Government procurements in...

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what progress his Department has made regarding use of the open procedure for large central Government procurements.

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) which (a) products and (b) services have been pitched successfully as a result of an SME Product Surgery; (2) how many products and services have...

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many small and medium-sized enterprises have participated in the mystery shopper scheme.

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when the Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Panel last met; and on what date it will next meet.

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) when he last met the SME Panel to discuss the Government's progress in increasing the level of business with small and medium-sized enterprises;...

      Royalties

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the effect of procurement policy Action Note 3/11 on industries that depend on royalties.

      Royalties

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether his Department carried out a cost-benefit analysis of the procurement policy Action Note 3/11 on the use of open standards when specifying ICT...

      Social Enterprises

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether he has any plans to review (a) procurement policies in relation to and (b) the effects of procurement decisions on social enterprises.

      Voluntary Work

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent assessment he has made of progress with the big society initiative.

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent assessment he has made of the National Citizens Service pilots.

  • Home Department

    • Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether budgets for criminal justice agencies in 2011-12 and subsequent financial years will be reviewed in light of the public disorder in...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how many letters the Government Equalities Office received from hon. Members in June 2011.

  • Justice

    • Birmingham Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the period of protection is for prison staff working in HMP Birmingham under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations.

    • Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what effect the public disorder in August 2011 will have on the funding of (a) probation, (b) court and (c) prison services in (i) the current financial...

      Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many court reports were prepared on people in connection with the public disorder in August 2011 in England and Wales; (2) how many people...

      Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to review sentencing terms as part of the Government's response to the recent disturbances in London and other English cities.

      Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of (a) men and (b) women who have been (i) remanded in custody and (ii) given custodial sentences as a result of the public...

      Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) young people have been prosecuted and (b) parenting orders have been issued in connection with the public disorder of August 2011.

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) under which Minister's authority his special advisers communicated with the Office of the Information Commissioner about a complaint relating to a...

      Driving Offences: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions there have been of uninsured drivers in each police force area in each of the last 10 years; and what the average penalty was in...

      European Court of Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he has received any interim findings from the Commission on a UK Bill of Rights on reform of the European Court of Human Rights.

      HM Prisons Brockhill and Latchmere House

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the estimated market value is for HM Prison Brockhill; and if he will make a statement; (2) what proportion of the capital receipts his...

      Homicide: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what (a) support and (b) assistance his Department provides to the families of victims of murder and manslaughter abroad.

      Human Rights Act 1998

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make it his policy to introduce legislation to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998.

      Legal Aid Scheme: Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 28 June 2011, Official Report, column 702W, on legal aid: nationality, what consideration he has given to restricting legal aid...

      Legal Aid Scheme: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in (a) Coventry, (b) Warwickshire and (c) the west midlands received legal aid in each of the last five years.

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effects of his plans for (a) legal aid and (b) conditional fee agreements on the level of costs payable by the...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many clinical negligence cases involving claimants aged under 18 years the Legal Services Commission provided support for in each of the last three...

      Prison Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the ratio of prison officers to prisoners was in the prison estate in each month of (a) 2008, (b) 2009, (c) 2010 and (d) 2011 to date.

      Prison Service: Retirement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make it his policy to allow prison officers to retire at the age of 60 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisoners: Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of (a) men and (b) women who have been (i) remanded in custody and (ii) given custodial sentences are parents of dependent...

      Remand in Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on (a) steps to require that pre-sentence reports consider family...

      Remand in Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will consider introducing a statutory obligation on the judiciary to inquire as to whether arrangements have been made for children whose parents...

      Road Traffic Offences: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people (a) in total and (b) who were illegal immigrants have received a custodial sentence of 12 months or more following a conviction for a...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortions there were resulting from diagnosis of a club foot or cleft palate in 2010.

    • Community Nurses: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many district nurses are employed in the NHS.

      Complementary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on (a) the future of anthroposophic medicine and (b) the Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency's review of the field; and...

      Contraceptives: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions for emergency contraceptives were issued in the Coventry primary care trust area in each year since 2005.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many senior civil servants in his Department at each grade had worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst and Young, Deloitte or KPMG immediately prior...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people working in his Department are on secondment from (a) KPMG and (b) private health care firms.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people employed in his Department have previously worked for KPMG.

      Doctors: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made on the effect of Tier 2 visa changes on doctors undertaking specialty training.

      East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are employed (a) full-time and (b) part-time in the Media and Communications Department of the East of England Ambulance Services Trust;...

      Health Services: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much each hospital trust in the west midlands region has paid in compensation arising from clinical negligence in each year since 2006.

      Heart Diseases: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for the future of emergency ambulance and hospital services for children with acquired heart defects following the outcome of the NHS...

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) his Department, (b) the NHS and (c) GP consortia plan for the future needs of people with profound and multiple...

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he intends to bring forward legislative proposals to reduce the incidence of MRSA in milk.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much (a) funding was allocated and (b) was spent per capita by the NHS in (i) South Tyneside, (ii) the north-east and (iii) England and Wales in each...

      NHS: Foreign Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what factors he took into account in respect of workforce planning in the NHS in determining his proposed changes to immigration rules.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking together with pharmacists to encourage organ donor registration.

      Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to replace the 100 hour rule for new pharmacies with the pharmaceutical needs assessment.

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how his Department monitors outcomes for vascular surgery; (2) what assessment he has made of outcomes for vascular surgery in (a) Dudley Primary...

      Surgery: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the reconfiguration of vascular surgery in the Black Country.

  • House of Lords

    • Companies House: Forms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what actions they are taking to prevent inaccurate information on the names of company directors being submitted to Companies House as part of fraudulent actions.

    • Energy: Green Deal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that Green Deal assessors have no commercial ties to any other party or products in the supply chain.

      Exports

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

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to prepare a strategy on female genital mutilation; and, if so, what arrangements they will put in place to fund such a strategy and to...

      Government: Ministerial Meetings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Browning on 17 May (WA 301) and 14 July (WA 206), whether they will place in the Library of the House a schedule of all...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many illegal immigrants were known to be in the United Kingdom in April 2011; and how much was paid to illegal immigrants in benefits in (a) 2010-11, and (b)...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in limiting immigration.

      Migrant Workers: Bulgarians and Romanians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to Written Answer by Baroness Browning on 14 July 2011 (WA 211), which of the work authorisation categories presently applied to Bulgarian and Romanian...

      People Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase public awareness of the effects of trafficking in people.

      People Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will take steps to ensure that the national referral mechanism includes in its remit the needs of trafficked persons aged under 18 who reach the...

      People Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have for making measures to prevent human trafficking equally effective in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

      People Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will appoint a co-ordinator for victims of human trafficking in each region or jurisdiction of the United Kingdom, tasked with providing specialised...

      People Trafficking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to prevent increased prostitution before and after the 2012 Olympic Games, including greater human trafficking for sexual exploitation.

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