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Written answers

Monday, 12 September 2011

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Electromagnetic Fields: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what research his Department has evaluated on the effects on human health of residence near high-voltage power lines.

    • Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what consideration he has given to regulating energy prices; (2) what recent discussions his Department has had with energy...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what information his Department holds on the average unit cost of (a) natural gas and (b) electricity including all taxes, charged to...

      Energy: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent representations he has received from (a) Macmillan Cancer Support, (b) Citizens Advice Bureau, (c) Crisis and (d) the...

      Energy: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will bring forward amendments to the Energy Bill to make letting agents responsible for complying with the minimum standard of...

      Energy: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will bring forward amendments to the Energy Bill to introduce a minimum standard of energy efficiency for private rented homes in...

      Energy: Tenants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will bring forward amendments to the Energy Bill to ensure that tenants are protected from retaliatory eviction if they make...

      Feed-in Tariffs: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of (a) schools and (b) hospitals that have participated in the (i) feed-in tariff and (ii)...

      Fuel Poverty: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he has (a) taken and (b) plans to take to alleviate fuel poverty in the private rented sector; what recent discussions he...

      Green Deal Scheme: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will bring forward proposals to protect tenants from eviction for requesting (a) energy efficiency improvements and (b) to...

      Nuclear Reactors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much the Office for Nuclear Regulation has spent on the generic design assessment of prospective new nuclear reactor designs since...

      Vitol Group

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

      Wind Power: Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for how many on shore wind turbines planning permission has been (a) sought and (b) granted in (i) England, (ii) North Yorkshire and...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she has taken to improve the welfare of farmed animals since her appointment; and if she will make a statement.

    • Animal Welfare: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many convictions for offences of cruelty to animals there were in (a) Coventry, (b) the west midlands and (c) the UK in...

      Animal Welfare: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will assess the effect of foot diseases on levels of lameness in the lamb and sheep population.

      Animal Welfare: Gun Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information her Department holds on the number of (a) pheasants and (b) partridges which have been produced for sport...

      Animal Welfare: Gun Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will bring forward proposals to ban the farming of birds for sport shooting; and if she will make a statement.

      Animal Welfare: Slaughter Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to improve animal welfare standards in abattoirs.

      Animal Welfare: Slaughter Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will bring forward proposals to increase the number of prosecutions in cases of causing unnecessary suffering and...

      Animals: Electric Shock Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received on the use of (a) containment fences and (b) other electronic training aids for animals.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has had any discussions with her EU counterparts on the implementation of the Bovine Tuberculosis Eradication...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which body will be responsible for supervising, regulating and monitoring the licensing scheme for the badger culling scheme;...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the licensing scheme for badger culling will require participants to have similar team sizes and training as the...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representations her Department has received expressing opposition to a cull of badgers; and if she will make a...

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding the UK will contribute to the Common Agricultural Policy in 2011-12.

      Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with her EU counterparts on reform of the common agricultural policy.

      Dogs: Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent representation she has received from local authorities on compulsory microchipping of dogs.

      Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) fines and (b) other penalties her Department has received from the European Commission as a result of having...

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent meetings (a) she and (b) her officials have had with their EU counterparts on reform of the common fisheries policy.

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent progress has been made by the working party on the future of public-owned forests.

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) transaction date, (b) transaction amount and (c) supplier was of each transaction undertaken by the Rural...

      Livestock: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 18 July 2011, Official Report, column 721W, on transport: livestock, on how many occasions the...

      Meat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Health on the effect on human health of consumption of meat from...

      Pet Travel Scheme: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to prevent (a) echinococus multilocularis and (b) other non-endemic parasites which pose a threat to...

      Poultry: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions her Department has had with the European Commission's Food and Veterinary Office on ensuring that liquid egg...

      Poultry: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps the Egg Marketing Inspectorate plans to take to trace and report on the origin of imported eggs from...

      Poultry: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions her Department has had with representatives of Trading Standards on steps to ensure that egg in liquid form...

      Regional Veterinary Laboratory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has for the future of the Regional Veterinary Laboratory at Thirsk.

      Regional Veterinary Laboratory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) laboratory tests and (b) post mortems are carried out (i) per week and (ii) annually in (A) the Thirsk Regional...

      Regional Veterinary Laboratory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) vets, (b) general laboratory staff and (c) trained bacteriology staff currently work at (i) the Thirsk Regional...

      Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her decision to allow local authorities to undertake commercial waste collections free of VAT includes subcontractual...

      Water White Paper

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what date the Water White Paper will be published.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Chapel of St Mary Undercroft

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, which postholder authorises access to the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft in the...

    • Electric Vehicles

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what recent progress the House of Commons Commission has made in installing...

      Parliament: Police

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, which postholder is responsible for setting criteria for the selection of police...

      Pay

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission how much the House of Commons Commission paid to each contractor contracted to...

      Pay

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the answer of 7 June 2011, Official Report, column 2W, on pay, how many...

      Roads

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission which postholder was responsible for the authorisation of works in Bridge street,...

  • Prime Minister

    • Libya

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his oral statement of 5 September 2011, Official Report, columns 23-26, on Libya (1) how long he expects the lessons learned exercise in respect of the...

  • Education

    • Advisory Centre for Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department has provided to the Advisory Centre for Education in each of the last three years; and what plans he has to fund the centre in...

    • Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many care placements have been terminated by local authorities for those aged 16 in each of the last five years; and what the duration of their...

      Children: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what training school staff receive on identifying signs of autism; and what requirements there are on such staff to work with local NHS services...

      Children: Daycare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what assessment he has made of the effects of reductions in funding allocated by central Government on the provision of summer holiday child care...

      Children’s Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of Sure Start children's centres provided full-time childcare places in April (a) 2008, (b) 2009, (c) 2010 and (d) 2011.

      Children’s Centres: Tower Hamlets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what funding he allocated to Sure Start children's centres in the London borough of Tower Hamlets in each year since 2005-06.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of the compliance of drug addiction treatment for young people in secure estate and care homes with NHS guidelines.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether the same weight and accountability criteria are to apply to the (a) health and social care and (b) education elements of the proposed...

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to increase the power of local authorities to provide tailored and flexible pre-school services to reflect local needs.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to ensure all pupils with special educational needs who require specialist support have access to such support; and what plans he has...

  • Transport

    • Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of changes proposed by the EU to flight time limitations.

    • Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the (a) number of passengers and (b) percentage change in bus usage in (i) York and (ii) England in the last five years.

      Bus Services: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to work with coach operators to reduce the level of theft on coaches.

      Departmental Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish the value of estimated tax receipts, calculated in accordance with the Green Book, in each public sector economic assessment of...

      Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) persons undertaking unpaid work experience, (b) unpaid interns and (c) other persons in unpaid positions were working in his Department as...

      Driving: Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals to make it a driving offence for a motorist to interrupt the line of vehicles included in a funeral cortege; and if...

      Driving: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he will confirm the level of funding from the public purse for the 2011 Smarter Driving Programme.

      East Coast Railway Line: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what delays to passenger rail services on the East Coast Main Line have been recorded in each of the last six months.

      Great Western Railway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether he plans to introduce new rolling stock on the Great Western mainline west of Plymouth in the next four years; (2) when he expects to...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the McNulty Rail Value for Money study of May 2011, whether he plans to retain the existing Ticketing and Settlement Agreement.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what consideration has been given to providing funding for a railway line to link Reading with Norwich and Ipswich via Oxford, Milton Keynes, Bedford...

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the number of jobs sponsored by his Department in an area was among the original criteria used to identify the best location for retention of...

      Thameslink Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department made of the effects on the (a) rolling stock leasing and (b) rolling stock maintenance market in the awarding of a...

      Thameslink Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of the existing (a) managerial and supervisory and (b) technical train maintenance staff employed by First Capital Connect he expects...

      Thameslink Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 18 July 2011, Official Report, column 718W, on Thameslink railway line: rolling stock, what the reasons were for the time...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Berkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what criteria he considered pertinent when allocating funding to (a) Berkshire, (b) Oxfordshire and (c) Buckinghamshire for...

    • Departmental Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will publish the value of estimated tax receipts, calculated in accordance with the Green Book, in each public sector...

      Gambling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what plans his Department has to enforce the Government's proposals for changes to remote gambling laws following their...

      Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of how the Department might contribute in the future development of the sport of indoor bowls.

      Tourism: Yorkshire and Humberside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much he allocated for tourism promotion in Yorkshire and the Humber in each year since 1996-97.

      UK Film Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport which films received funding from the UK Film Council in the last five years; how much funding was awarded in each case; under...

  • Leader of the House

    • Business Committee

      To ask the Leader of the House when he expects to establish a House Business Committee.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Departmental Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will publish the value of estimated tax receipts, calculated in accordance with the Green Book, in each public sector...

    • Empty Property: Berkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department has estimated the number of empty homes in (a) Berkshire, (b) Reading and (c) Reading West constituency.

      Enterprise Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what criteria were used to assess bids in the Round 2 bidding process for local enterprise zones.

      Housing: Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information his Department holds on the number of UK graduates who have purchased a home in the last 15 years.

      Local Government: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he has taken to ensure that local councils abide by his Department's guidelines for redacting figures when publishing...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Nationals Abroad: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on support for families affected by the murder of a British national abroad.

    • British Nationals Abroad: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with representatives of (a) the Council of Europe, (b) the EU and (c) other governments on the...

      Diplomatic Service: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the use of UK embassy websites to campaign on issues within their host nations.

      India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Indian counterpart on the situation of the Adivasi peoples in central India.

      Iraq: Kurds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on military incursions by Turkey and Iran into the Kurdistan region of Iraq; and if he will...

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of reports of allegations of abuses perpetrated by the forces of (a) the former Government of Libya...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of the firing of mortars and Qassam rockets into southern Israel from Gaza on 4 July 2011; and if...

      Middle East: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what recent reports he has received of (a) meetings of and (b) statements by the Arab League on responses to terrorism by...

      Nguyen Van Ly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department has made to the government of Vietnam for the early release of Father Nguyen Van Ly.

      Nguyen Van Ly

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the government of Vietnam to release Father Nguyen Van Ly from prison.

      Palestinian State (Oslo Accords)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what account he has taken of the Oslo interim agreement in developing his policy on the proposed UN resolution on a Palestinian...

      Libya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his most recent assessment is of the political and security situation in Libya.

      Somalia: Famine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Kenya on the use of refugee facilities for victims of the famine in...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what definition of myalgic encephalopathy his Department uses; and how it categorises the condition.

    • Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment he has made of recent trends in part-time working; what estimate he has made of the number of part-time employees in the...

      Enterprise Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many enterprise clubs have been set up in (a) England, (b) the South East and (c) Kent.

      Jobseeker’s Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to encourage claimants of jobseeker's allowance to become self-employed.

      Welfare to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what welfare-to-work organisations operating in Reading West constituency have a contract with his Department.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Work Capability Assessments have been initiated in East Hampshire constituency to date.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to improve supply chain mechanisms to deliver resources to military personnel serving in Afghanistan.

    • Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the need for an officer of high rank to (a) oversee and organise the return of troops from Germany and (b) lead the new...

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average length of service is for an infantry soldier who enlists (a) aged 18 or above and (b) below the age of 18.

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel in (a) trained and (b) untrained strength are not deployable due to their age.

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what studies his Department has undertaken into the cost of recruiting, training and paying 16 year old soldiers for up to two years before they can be...

      Armed Forces: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures are in place to assist resettlement of early service leavers who enlisted below the age of 18.

      Armed Forces: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many early service leavers left the armed forces in the last 12 months; how many of those were aged 21 or younger; and how many enlisted below the...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) which personnel use Craigiehall housing stock; (2) which bodies own the housing stock associated with the Craigiehall base in Edinburgh; (3) what...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) families and (b) children are living in army accommodation at (i) Craigiehall, (ii) Redford and (iii) Dreghorn.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many single accommodation places there are for (a) officers and (b) other ranks at (i) Redford Barracks, (ii) Dreghorn Barracks and (iii)...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much was spent on accommodation in the last 10 years for (a) Redford Barracks, (b) Dreghorn Barracks and (c) Craigiehall.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Royal Air Force and (b) Royal Navy personnel undertaking pilot training were informed of (i) redundancy and (ii) termination of their place...

      Combat Capability Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) where the headquarters for the (a) Combat Capability Directorate, (b) Combat Support Capability Directorate, (c) Information Capability Directorate...

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on redundancy payments for armed forces personnel since May 2010.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects simultaneously to maintain an (a) Amphibious and (b) Airborne Small Scale Contingency Battle Group.

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether planning permission was obtained for the previously planned modernisation of Craigiehall as a divisional headquarters.

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated values are of the sites of United Kingdom Land Command at (a) Redford Barracks, (b) Dreghorn Barracks and (c) Craigiehall.

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the maintenance costs were for (a) Redford Barracks, (b) Dreghorn Barracks and (c) Second Division headquarters at Craigiehall in each of the last...

      Military Bases: Kirknewton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many civilian jobs will be lost with the closure of (a) Craigiehall, (b) Redford and (c) Dreghorn barracks; whether these jobs will be moved to the...

      Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had on steps to equalise pay and conditions between Royal Fleet Auxiliary and Royal Navy personnel.

  • International Development

    • Developing Countries: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans his Department has to assist with the development of transport links that would encourage tourism in each of the overseas...

    • Ethiopia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what changes have been made to the mechanisms for tracking aid following the recommendations made in the report of the Development...

      Ethiopia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his policy is on the recommendation for a second phase of work in the report of the Development Assistance Group Ethiopia on Aid...

      Ethiopia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support his Department (a) has provided and (b) plans to provide to the Government of Ethiopia for its policy of villagization.

      Ethiopia: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will place in the Library a copy of the recent assessment led by his Department of the villagization process in the Gambella...

      Horn of Africa: Droughts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what information his Department holds on the amounts donated by other donors to alleviate the drought crisis in the horn of Africa;...

      Libya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what support he plans to give to the National Transitional Council to help strengthen state institutions in Libya; (2) what...

      North Africa: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his policy is on plans for the Lamu-Southern Sudan Ethiopia Transport Corridor.

      Sudan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with officials of the Sudanese Government on the provision of aid for Sudan.

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Sudan.

  • Home Department

    • Police Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the change in the number of police officers has been in England and Wales since May 2010.

    • Police Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the potential effect of changes in the number of police officers on the level of crime.

      Sex Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people convicted for sexual crimes will no longer be barred from working with children following implementation of her legislative...

  • Justice

    • Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) males and (b) females in each age category who were (i) arrested and (ii) prosecuted for a criminal offence during the recent public...

    • Civil Disorder

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

      Civil Proceedings: Legal Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to ensure that people wishing to pursue clinical negligence claims are not deterred from doing so because of the potential cost...

      Convictions: Burglary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the highest number was of previous convictions for burglary for an individual convicted of an offence of burglary without being sent to prison in...

      Departmental Written Questions

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

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make it his policy that all bodies which receive public money be subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

      Interpreters: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department is taking to ensure that interpreters employed in the criminal justice system have professional qualifications.

      Organised Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress he has made in implementing the recommendations of the joint thematic review on the management of gang issues.

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost is per prison place at each public and private sector prison in the most recent year for which figures are available.

      Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which prisoners have absconded from HMP Sudbury since it opened.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Citizens' Advice Bureaux

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to support citizens advice bureaux.

    • Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of written questions tabled to him for answer on a named day did not receive a substantive answer on the day...

      Employers' Liability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to improve the employability skills of the UK labour market.

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding each higher education institution received from endowments, including alumni giving, in each of the last three...

      Higher Education: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many UK (a) undergraduate and (b) postgraduate students there were at the (i) university of York and (ii) university of York...

      Land Registry: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many applications for adverse possession of plots of land were made to the Land Registry in each of the last 10 years; and...

      Land Registry: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many applications for adverse possession of plots of land made to the Land Registry in each of the last 10 years were found...

      Land Registry: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many prosecutions under the Fraud Act were brought by the Land Registry as a result of dishonest statements being made by...

      Post Offices: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on increasing (a) account access through post offices and (b) awareness of account access through post offices.

      Post Offices: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to increase public awareness of access to bank accounts at post offices.

      Post Offices: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with representatives of (a) Santander and (b) HSBC on customer access to bank accounts at post offices.

      Rural Communities Policy Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether officials of his Department have had recent discussions with the Rural Communities Policy Unit in the Department for...

      Union Modernisation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether funding provided by the Union Modernisation Fund has been used in projects to purchase services from the Campaign Company.

      Waste Disposal: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with his ministerial colleagues on allowing local authorities to undertake commercial waste...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Non-Departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many non-departmental public bodies have been (a) closed or disbanded and (b) established since June 2010; and if he will make a statement.

    • Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) when the last SME Product Surgery took place; (2) when he expects the next SME Product Surgery to be held.

  • Treasury

    • Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Hayes and Harlington of 29 July 2011, Official Report, columns 819-820W, on tax avoidance, if he will require...

    • British Sky Broadcasting

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department has spent on subscriptions to Sky TV since May 2010.

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will allow child benefit payments to be made to both parents where parental responsibility is shared after separation; and if he will make a statement.

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many recipients of the childcare element of the child tax credit in each (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) local authority area have had their...

      Coastal Communities Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the effect on the Coastal Communities Fund of his proposals for machine games duty.

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps HM Revenue and Customs has taken to deal with any future failures in the online system for filing corporation tax returns.

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the financial effects on HM Revenue and Customs of the inability of businesses to submit their corporation tax returns online...

      Corporation Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what mechanisms have been established between the central office and local offices of HM Revenue and Customs to (a) share information on complaints and (b)...

      Credit Cards: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will make an assessment of the effects of debit card surcharges on consumer spending; and if he will make a statement; (2) if he will bring...

      Cru Investment Management: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received from those who invested in Arch Cru funds on the compensation package which is being made available; and if he...

      Departmental Air Travel

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

      Environment Protection: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the likely level of revenue which will arise from the introduction of a carbon floor price up to 2020.

      Equitable Life Payment Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received in support of the payment of compensation to Equitable Life policyholders who took out policies before 1992; and if he...

      Financial Services: USA

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department expects to provide assistance to the US Department of Justice in its criminal investigation of the actions of investment banking firms.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many requests made to his Department under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 since 25 May 2010 have been subject to an extension beyond the...

      Hotels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to the public purse was of (a) four star, (b) five star and (c) other hotel accommodation for (i) staff, (ii) Ministers and (iii) special...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he intends to reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton of 13 July 2011 with regard to Mrs Rahman.

      National Insurance Contributions: New Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has any plans to extend the national insurance contributions holiday.

      National Insurance Contributions: New Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses in Scunthorpe constituency have benefited from the national insurance contribution holiday since its introduction.

      Pensions: Public Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the opt out rates for public sector pensions were in each year from 2006 to 2010.

      Personal Financial Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what sanctions apply to UK clearing banks which seek to elicit and archive inappropriate personal financial information unrelated to an Adult with...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many changes to taxation policy he has made since the 2011 Budget; and whether a tax information and impact note was published for each change.

      Taxation: Aviation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the combined effects on Exchequer revenue in a full year of taxing aviation fuel at the same rate as petrol for cars, imposing...

      Taxation: Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions (a) he and (b) the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury has had with the Chief Executive of HM Revenue and Customs on the appropriateness of...

      Taxation: Gambling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his proposals for taxation of offshore gambling companies will ensure (a) that such companies pay an equivalent rate of tax to land-based companies...

      Taxation: Gaming Machines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which organisations officials of his Department have met as part of the consultation on reform of the taxation of gaming machines through the introduction...

      Taxation: Gaming Machines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many requests his Department has received for meetings relation to the proposals for machine games duty; and how many meetings have taken place.

      Taxation: Gaming Machines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason the public consultation period for the introduction of machine games duty was less than 12 weeks.

      Taxation: Isle of Man

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the estimated value was of the Isle of Man's share of joint indirect tax revenues in each year until 2015 (a) when the 2009 formula was agreed between...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of the increase in the rate of VAT on households in each parliamentary constituency.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the (a) annual cost to the Exchequer (i) before and (ii) after taking account of consequent changes in other tax receipts and...

      VAT: Channel Islands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the potential effects of the provision of low value consignment relief on entertainment products sold by mail order from the...

      VAT: Channel Islands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to remove low value consignment relief for (a) music and (b) other entertainment products sold by mail order from the Channel Islands.

      VAT: Entertainments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with (a) the European Commission, (b) multiple retailers and (c) independent stores on the effects of low value consignment...

      VAT: Imports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the revenue foregone by the Exchequer due to the provision of low value consignment relief in each of the last five years.

      VAT: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he consulted specialists in European competition law before taking the decision to allow local authorities to undertake commercial waste...

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the NHS was of (a) abortions performed (i) before the 12th week of pregnancy, (ii) between the 12th and 18th weeks of pregnancy, (iii)...

    • Action on Smoking and Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have met representatives of ASH in each of the last three years.

      Breast Feeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which are the principal research findings underpinning his Department's promotion of breast-feeding over formula.

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps the Government are taking to ensure that carers are included in care plans and receive support to help them provide care; (2) if he will...

      Chlamydia: Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding his Department provides for testing young people for chlamydia; how many young people (a) were tested and (b) tested positive in (i) England...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to support people living with myalgic encephalomyelitis.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what definition of myalgic encephalopathy his Department uses; and how it categorises the condition.

      Health Services: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what role he proposes for clinical audits in assisting commissioning bodies to (a) identify the reasons for emergency readmissions of patients aged over...

      Hepatitis: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the prevalence rate is of Hepatitis C by ethnic origin.

      HIV Infection: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the treatment of HIV-infected patients with the Gc protein-derived macrophage activating...

      Hospices: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent discussions he has had with primary care trusts on funding for hospices; and if he will make a statement; (2) what guidance he has...

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has any plans to commission organisations with expertise in communication aids and assistive technology to advise families and agencies on the...

      Macular Degeneration: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will refer the prescribing of Avastin to treat wet age-related macular degeneration to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence;...

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what role he proposes for befriending services in the NHS.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much income the NHS received from (a) Bounty and Patientline/Hospedia, (b) each of the top five by income partner organisations and (c) other third...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much (a) direct and (b) indirect revenue the NHS received from parking charges in each year since 1997.

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to reduce levels of childhood obesity; and what recent progress has been made in reducing those levels.

      Palliative Care: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the quality of hospice and palliative care provision in England.

      Pregnancy: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to reduce the number of deaths of women from conditions directly or indirectly related to pregnancy.

      Private Finance Initiative: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the outstanding private finance initiative debts are for (a) Ipswich Hospital, (b) the West Suffolk Hospital and (c) Suffolk Primary Care...

      Transplant Surgery: Reading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in Reading West constituency were assessed as needing an organ transplant in each of the last five years.

      Varicose Veins: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has been issued to health trusts on the provision by the NHS of endovenous laser treatment; and if he will make a statement.

  • House of Lords

    • Bank of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support the intention expressed by the Chairman of the Court of the Bank of England in evidence given to the Treasury Select Committee of the House of...

    • Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they judge that the strength of the economic recovery is sufficient to allow full implementation of the recommendations made by the Independent Commission...

      Banking: Northern Rock

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what impact current market conditions in the banking sector are having on the ability to obtain good value for the taxpayer from the disposal of the Government's...

      Dr Charles Alessi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Dr Charles Alessi, previously a member of the NHS Future Forum, registered his business and other interests when he became a member of the NHS Future...

      Dr Charles Alessi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions since his appointment the Secretary of State for Health has met Dr Charles Alessi; whether those meetings are on the public record; and...

      Drugs: Pyridostigmine Bromide

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many groups other than veterans of the 1991 Gulf conflict have been or were prescribed pyridostigmine bromide; and what have been the side-effects for them.

      Government Departments: Surveys

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who are the stakeholders that take part in the Export Control Organisation Customer Satisfaction Survey; and whether they will place a copy of the results of the...

      Government Departments: Surveys

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the information collected in the UK Innovation Survey.

      Government Departments: Surveys

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who are the stakeholders contacted as part of the Awareness and Internationalisation Tracking Survey; who collects the information; and what assessment they have...

      Health: GP Commissioning Groups

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the Department of Health's guidance set out in The Functions of GP Commissioning Consortia: A Working Document, published in March, that GP consortia would...

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what judgments finding a violation of the European Convention on Human Rights by the United Kingdom have been made by a chamber of the European Court of Human...

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to seek amendment of the European Convention on Human Rights, its protocols and procedures; and how long they estimate any such changes could...

      Identity Cards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total cost to the United Kingdom Government incurred in the scrapping of the identity card scheme.

      Northern Ireland Office: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 5 September (WA 11) about the post of Director General of the Northern Ireland Office, (a) for how...

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Browning on 11 August (WA 428), whether they will set out in general terms the approximate number of persons granted...

      Police: Hire Cars

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the expenditure on hire cars for (a) unmarked patrol cars, (b) other purposes, for each police force in England and Wales in the last year for which...

      Questions for Written Answer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Browning on 17 May (WA 301) and 14 July (WA 206), what were the reasons for the delay in responding to the two...

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