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Written answers

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • European Union: Legislative Competence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which powers he is seeking to repatriate from the European Union.

    • Lockerbie: Bombings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had with (a) the First Minister of Scotland and (b) other Ministers in the Scottish...

      Moussa Koussa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whose authorisation was given for Moussa Koussa to leave the United Kingdom.

      Moussa Koussa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government made arrangements with the authorities in Qatar for Moussa Koussa to go to Doha.

      Moussa Koussa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether Moussa Koussa is expected to return to the United Kingdom.

      War Crimes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on an independent commission of inquiry into war crimes in Somalia; and if he will make a statement.

  • Wales

    • Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what proportion of written questions tabled to her for answer on a named day did not receive a substantive answer on the day named for answer between (a)...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Discrimination

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what steps she plans to take to raise awareness of discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

    • Driving: Age Discrimination

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities whether she plans to grant the car rental industry an opt-out clause from the age discrimination provisions of the Equality Act 2010 similar to that...

      Driving: Age Discrimination

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what estimate she has made of the potential cost to the car rental industry of the provisions of the Equality Act 2010 relating to age discrimination.

      Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what proportion of respondents to the Equality Act 2010: The public sector Equality Duty: reducing bureaucracy consultation were in favour of the...

  • Work and Pensions

    • ATOS Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many face-to-face assessments scheduled by ATOS Healthcare have been (a) cancelled by ATOS and (b) missed by benefit applicants in each of...

    • Carer’s Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to amend the overlapping benefit rules which prevent simultaneous payment of carer’s allowance and retirement pension.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has any plans to amend the Child Support (Information, Evidence and Disclosure) Regulations 1992 to enable the Child Maintenance and...

      Cold Weather Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria trigger the payment of cold weather payments; which vulnerable groups qualify for these payments; and whether the level of cold...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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...

      Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in how many of the households which have never included an adult in work he expects an adult to enter employment by 2015.

      Incapacity Benefits: Yorkshire and Humberside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Great Britain, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) York (i) applied for incapacity benefit, (ii) were required to...

      Jobseeker’s Allowance: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many women claimed jobseeker's allowance in Coventry in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Camberwell and Peckham of 27 July 2011 concerning the proposed closure of...

      National Employment Savings Trust Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to allow transfers in to National Employment Savings Trust pensions before the 2017 review.

      Pensioners: Jarrow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what information his Department holds on how much per capita his Department has spent on pensioners in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South...

      Pensioners: Jarrow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners (a) in Jarrow constituency, (b) in South Tyneside, (c) in the north-east and (d) nationwide were in receipt of pension...

      Pensioners: Jarrow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many pensioners were living in relative poverty in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) nationwide...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to end short service refunds.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent estimate is of the number of non-UK EU citizens who attempted to claim state pension in the UK without passing the...

      Pensions: City of York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) the City of York local authority area and (b) York Central constituency are in receipt of (i) the basic state pension...

      Sick Leave: Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people with musculoskeletal conditions living in each (a) region of England and (b) country in Great Britain were on long-term sick...

      Social Fund: Funerals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects Social Fund budgeting loans to be available to help relatives meet a family member's funeral expenses; and what criteria he...

      Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of benefits paid to non-EU immigrants was in each of the last eight years.

      Social Security Benefits: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to review the benefits paid to convicted criminals who reside in secure psychiatric hospitals.

      Winter Fuel Payments: City of York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in York with at least one person aged 75 years or over received the winter fuel allowance in 2010-11.

      Working Tax Credit: Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many couples with children who claim working tax credit and who work between 16 and 24 hours a week include at least one partner who claims...

  • Transport

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the number of people aged 60 and over in the Leeds West constituency who are eligible for the concessionary coach travel scheme.

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the number of people affected by the removal of the concessionary coach travel scheme.

      Bus Services: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to improve co-ordination and provision of information between National Express and other coach operators and police forces in...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish the (a) purchase date, (b) transaction amount, (c) supplier and (d) level 3 or enhanced transaction entry if held for each...

  • Attorney-General

    • Crown Prosecution Service: Mental Health

      To ask the Attorney-General what training is provided to Crown Prosecution Service staff on dealing with people who have mental health disorders; and if he will make a statement.

    • Crown Prosecution Service: Mental Health

      To ask the Attorney-General what support is provided by the Crown Prosecution Service to suspected offenders with mental health disorders; and if he will make a statement.

      Crown Prosecution Service: Mental Health

      To ask the Attorney-General what assessment is made by the Crown Prosecution Service of a person's mental health before decisions on whether to charge them are taken; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Attorney-General 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 2010...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Attorney-General if he will publish the (a) purchase date, (b) transaction amount, (c) supplier and (d) level 3 or enhanced transaction entry if held for each individual transaction...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what efficiency savings in his Department's administrative budget (a) were delivered in 2010-11 and (b) are targeted in 2011-12.

    • Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the First Minister on implementing the Government's new strategy on human trafficking.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parliament: Security

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

    • Parliament: Security

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, which postholder authorised the opening of the Curtis Green entrance; who was...

      Parliament: Security

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many people employed by contractors to work for the House of Commons service...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Countryside: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many hectares of land in (a) England and (b) North Yorkshire and York have been opened to the public under the...

    • Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many senior civil servants in her Department at each grade had worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst and Young,...

      Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Liverpool, Wavertree of 19 October 2010, Official Report, columns 629-30W, on...

      Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) persons undertaking unpaid work experience, (b) unpaid interns and (c) other persons in unpaid positions were...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of written questions tabled to her for answer on a named day did not receive a substantive answer on the day...

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment the National Ecosystem Assessment has made of the value of ecosystem services provided by the Chilterns Area...

      Fisheries: Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effects of the EU-Morocco Fisheries Partnership Agreement on the indigenous population of...

      Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which potentially dangerous particulates emanating from landfill and hazardous waste sites (a) are and (b) are not tested...

      Nature Conservation: Hydroelectric Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures are in place to protect river habitats designated as special areas of conservation or sites of special...

      Recycling: Coventry City Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding her Department allocated to Coventry city council for the purposes of increasing recycling rates in (a)...

      Recycling: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much revenue each local authority in the West Midlands has raised from selling recyclable waste in each year since 2006.

      River Itchen: Hydroelectric Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the status is of the Shears Mill mini-hydro scheme application on the River Itchen; and what assessment her Department...

      Rural Advocate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to provide an independent voice for rural communities after the expiry of the position of Rural Advocate.

      Salmon: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what statutory duties the Environment Agency has to protect salmon spawning redds as part of its river management obligations.

      Sewers: Berkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate she has made of the number of privately-managed sewers in (a) Berkshire, (b) Reading and (c) Reading...

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 8 August 2011, Official Report, column 1179W, on trade unions, for what reasons it is expected that...

      Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) males and (b) females aged over 60 years had water supplies disconnected in each year since 1997; and if she...

      Wild Boar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice her Department has provided to the Forestry Commission on policy on the culling of wild boar on land managed by...

      Wild Boar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will estimate the number of wild boar culled in each local authority area in each of the last four years.

      Wildlife: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has considered removing cobras and other venomous snakes from the list of animals which require a licence to be...

  • International Development

    • Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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...

    • India: Internally Displaced People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he has taken to help prevent the displacement of the Adivasi peoples of central India.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to ensure that aid recently allocated by his Department to Ethiopia reaches its intended recipients.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • British Sky Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department has spent on subscriptions to Sky TV since May 2010.

    • Departmental Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what the cost to the public purse was for (a) first class and (b) all train travel by (i) Ministers, (ii) staff and (iii)...

      EU External Trade: Taiwan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make an assessment of the likely impact on trade and business investment of an economic co-operation agreement between...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has made an estimate of the effect of amending the insolvency rules to clearly define administration expenses on the...

      Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals to assist creative businesses in protecting their assets.

      Micro Firms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the case for exempting micro firms from (a) redundancy regulations and (b) other provisions of...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with the post office on (a) reduction of queuing in post offices and (b) improvements to customer...

      Post Offices: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he is having with banks to encourage all banks to offer the full range of current account transactions at post...

      Sick Leave: Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the annual cost to businesses of employees with long-term sickness as a result of...

      Superconductors: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 19 July 2011, Official Report, column 990W, on superconductors: research, if he will provide details on...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Civil Disorder: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to support businesses which incurred a loss of earnings following the public disorder in Birmingham in...

    • Consumers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he has taken since his appointment to improve consumer protection in the private rented sector; and if he will make a...

      Departmental Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to Lord Stoddart of Swindon of 26 July 2010, House of Lords, Official Report, column 272WA, on EU: flag,...

      Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) special advisers and (b) press officers were employed by his Department between June 2007 and May 2010; and what...

      Departmental Written Questions

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

      Derelict Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what incentives are in place to encourage developers to use brownfield sites in preference to greenfield sites.

      Derelict Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the percentage change was in brownfield site development in the city region of (a) Bristol, (b) Newcastle Upon Tyne, (c)...

      Derelict Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the percentage change was in brownfield site development between (a) 1997 and 2007, (b) May 1997 and May 2010 and (c) May...

      Derelict Land: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the percentage change in brownfield site development in Greater London was between 1997 and 2010.

      Employment Agencies: Public Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of employment of external recruitment consultants by local authorities in...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many Government Procurement Cards were used by staff of his Department between June 2007 and May 2010; and what the (a) name...

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to ensure that new houses meet targets for (a) the reduction of carbon emissions and (b) energy...

      Inform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department has provided funding to the organisation Inform in the last five years.

      Inventory Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will bring forward proposals for the regulation of inventory companies instructed by the private rented sector; and if he...

      Local Government: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant the oral answer of 5 September 2011, Official Report, column 5, on local government expenditure, what the evidential...

      Local Government: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much (a) local authorities in England and (b) City of York council spent on employing (i) educational and (ii) other staff...

      Local Government: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what performance statistics local authorities are under a statutory requirement to collect; and what plans he has for any...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what estimate his Department has made of the likely yield from national non-domestic rates in each local authority area in...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to his Department's consultation on business rates retention of July 2011, paragraphs 3.9 to 3.20, whether local...

      Smoking: Public Places

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what legal requirements exist in respect of the erection and display of signage where a local authority seeks to introduce a...

      Tenants: Leasehold

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent assessment he has made of the rights of business leasehold tenants to acquire properties; and whether he plans to...

      Travellers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department has issued to local authorities on the provision of Traveller sites over the next five years.

      Vandalism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has considered the merits of conducting an assessment of the effects on local environments of unauthorised...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will publish the (a) purchase date, (b) transaction amount, (c) supplier and (d) level 3 or enhanced transaction entry...

    • Internet: Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when he expects the 4G spectrum auction to be completed.

      Internet: Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with mobile telephone network operators on the minimum Sub-1GHz spectrum portfolio required by an...

      Museums: Yorkshire and Humberside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many people visited each of the national museums in Yorkshire and the Humber in each year since 1996-97.

      National Lottery: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what financial assistance (a) the Government and (b) the National Lottery has given to (i) amateur sports clubs, (ii) sport in...

      Newspaper Press: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what representations he has received from London-based local newspapers concerning media accreditation during the London...

      Sports: Yorkshire and Humberside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on sport in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) City of York local authority area in each year...

  • Justice

    • Probation Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has for the future of probation trusts; and if he will make a statement.

    • Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations he has received on the potential effects of implementation of the provisions of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of...

      Civil Justice System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to improve the civil justice system.

      Public Disorder: Response of the Criminal Justice System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to assess the effectiveness of the response of the criminal justice system to the public disorder of August 2011.

      Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many defendants were (a) charged and (b) found guilty of riot following the public disorder in August.

      Courts: Televisions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the likely cost to the public purse of his proposals for further televising of aspects of the work of the judiciary; and...

      Curfew Orders: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many curfew orders have been issued by courts in York since the introduction of such orders; and how many of those people have been proceeded against...

      Housing: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reason sale prices of houses sold before 2000 are not made available online.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for which countries his Department has prepared country business plans in relation to human trafficking; and if he will make a statement.

      National Offender Management Service Young Adult Offender Project

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of the National Offender Management Service Young Adult Offender Project report on (a) the Review of the...

      Offenders: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what information his Department holds on the number of former armed service personnel who were subjects of a court report in (a) 2009-10 and (b)...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the size was of the probation caseload in England and Wales on 31 March 2011.

      Sentencing: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people received a custodial sentence at York (a) magistrates court and (b) Crown court in (i) 1997 and (ii) each subsequent year.

      Travellers: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department has provided in legal aid to Travellers at the Dale Farm site in Essex in each of the last three years.

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools had converted to academies as at 31 July 2011; and how many applications for conversion to an academy...

    • Academies: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Cumbria had become academies by September 2011.

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to ensure that local authorities fulfil their duties under section 11 of the Childcare Act 2006 in respect of the provision of...

      English Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent representations he has received from religious groups on the English Baccalaureate.

      English Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether (a) Punjabi, (b) Urdu, (c) Arabic, (d) Bengali, (e) Gujarati and (f) Hindu will be included in the English Baccalaureate.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 18 July 2011, Official Report, column 552W, on further education, if he will publish a list of applications received by his...

      Neil Wallis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what communications (a) he, (b) other Ministers in his Department, (c) officials in his private office and (d) (i) press officers, (ii) other officials...

      Physics: GCE A Level

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to ensure that errors contained in the OCR Physics A Level examination are taken into account by admissions tutors.

      Schools: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on the payment of a pay award of £250 in 2011-12 to all (a) classroom assistants and (b) other school employees earning less...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to ensure that local authorities work with other organisations, including voluntary organisations, to develop an...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) whether the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice will include guidance on timescales and processes, including communications between...

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to ensure that his proposals for special educational needs assessments do not exclude relevant professionals from the...

      Teachers: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school teachers were employed in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii) the north-east and (iv)...

      Teaching Assistants: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many teaching assistants were employed in maintained schools in Warrington borough (a) in May 2010 and (b) on the most recent date for which...

  • Health

    • Alzheimer’s Disease: Newham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in Newham in (a) 2008, (b) 2009 and (c) 2010.

    • Ambulance Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information data his Department holds on the number of ambulance staff in band (a) 4, (b) 5, (c) 6 and (d) 7 employed in (i) 2007, (ii) 2009 and...

      Bowel Cancer: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people who participated in the bowel cancer screening programme (a) in Bolton and (b) nationally in the latest...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have accessed drugs through the Cancer Drugs Fund.

      Community Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for the future of the district nurse service.

      Departmental Private Finance Initiative

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

      Departmental Written Questions

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

      Euthanasia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent discussions (a) he, (b) Ministers of his Department and (c) officials in his Department have had with the Dementia Champion on assisted...

      General Practitioners: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the sums accruing to the Exchequer in respect of GP pensions in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he...

      Methadone: Wirral

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people living in the Wirral have been using methadone for (a) up to one year, (b) up to two years, (c) up to five years and (d) 10 years or more.

      Tomography: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people waited more than six weeks for (a) MRI and (b) CT scans in (i) Bolton and (ii) England in the latest period for which figures are available.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Abdelbaset al-Megrahi

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he has had any discussions with (a) the First Minister of Scotland and (b) other Ministers in the Scottish Government on the possible return to the UK of...

    • Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister on what dates he stood in for the Prime Minister between 24 December 2010 and 6 January 2011.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister 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...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Cross-Departmental Working

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent steps he has taken to promote effective cross-departmental working.

    • Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many deaths related to drug poisoning or misuse there were in each year since 2000; and how many were incurred by offenders who had been released...

      Ex-servicemen: Medals

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals held meetings to discuss the Pingat Jasa Malaysia medal; what the cost of each such...

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many regulated procedures conducted in Scotland under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 involved (a) cats, (b) dogs, (c)...

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of anti-social behaviour were reported to the police in (a) South Tyneside, (b) the North East and (c) England and Wales...

      Asylum: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum applicants she estimates are living in York.

      Burglary

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of domestic burglary were reported in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England and...

      Cannabis: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police raids on properties in (a) Berkshire, (b) Reading and (c) Reading West constituency resulted in the discovery of cannabis...

      Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral statement of 11 August 2011, on public disorder, Official Report, columns 1051-1105, what her latest...

      Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was paid to each individual for claims submitted under the Riot (Damages Act) 1886 in each of the last three years for which figures...

      Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were arrested in England and Wales in connection with public disorder in August 2011.

      Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to bring forward proposals to amend or repeal the Riot (Damages) Act 1886.

      Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many businesses (a) in Birmingham and (b) elsewhere in England have sought to claim damages under the Riot (Damages) Act 1886 since...

      Confiscation Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were removed at the request of the Serious Organised Crime Agency in each year since 2006.

      Confiscation Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the monetary value was of criminal assets recovered by the Serious Organised Crime Agency through the use of (a) its taxation powers,...

      Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences of (a) crime related to vehicles, (b) burglary of a dwelling, (c) other burglary, (d) criminal damage, (e) theft, (f)...

      Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made on the introduction of gang injunctions.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of written questions tabled to her for answer on a named day did not receive a substantive answer on the day named for answer...

      Deportation: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Sufi and Elmi v. the United Kingdom, what steps she plans...

      Detention Centres: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what investigations she has undertaken into deaths in immigration detention which occurred during August 2011; and if she will publish...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assistance her Department provides to victims of domestic violence who flee their homes.

      Drugs: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the street value of illegal drugs confiscated during police raids in (a) Berkshire, (b) Reading and (c) Reading...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on support for individuals who have paid course fees and application fees to colleges subsequently disaccredited by the UK...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many removals involving individuals granted entry clearance to the UK via the student visa route there have been in each of the last five...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she has received from colleges on proposed changes to the student visa system.

      Forensic Science Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the Government's plans are for the archive of the Forensic Science Service.

      Forensic Science Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will provide a breakdown of the costs to date of closing down the Forensic Science Service.

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) transaction date, (b) transaction amount and (c) supplier was of each transaction undertaken by the (i) UK Passport Agency and...

      Government Procurement Card

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

      Hillsborough Independent Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times the Hillsborough Independent Panel has met since it was formed.

      Hillsborough Independent Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many documents the Hillsborough Independent Panel has reviewed.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of people who have been in the UK without valid leave to remain for longer than 10 years.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall North of 9 August 2011 regarding the proposed reduction in the number...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to answer the letter sent to the Minister for Immigration by the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on 4 July 2011...

      Newspaper Press: Telephone Tapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has had discussions with the Metropolitan police on allegations of telephone hacking of (a) public figures and (b) victims of...

      North Yorkshire Police: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the North Yorkshire police authority has spent in (a) cash and (b) real terms in each year since 1996-97.

      Nottinghamshire Police Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hours officers in Nottinghamshire police spent on front-line activities in (a) 2009 and (b) 2010.

      Parliament Square: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance is issued to Metropolitan Police officers in respect of the policing of permanent demonstrations in Parliament Square; and what...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what estimate she has made of the amount of police officer time spent on (a) administrative duties and (b) front line policing in each...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) which foreign countries have provided security training to police forces in the UK in the latest period for which figures are...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in Nottinghamshire on (a) 5 May 2010 and (b) the latest date for which figures are available.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time equivalent (a) police officers, (b) police community support officers and (c) police civilian staff were employed by (i)...

      Police Custody: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have died in police custody where the inquest verdict was (a) misadventure, (b) accidental death, (c) suicide, (d)...

      Police: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 18 July 2011, Official Report, column 663W, on police: bureaucracy, when the Reducing Bureaucracy Programme Board...

      Police: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what police policy is on paying for private medical treatment for their officers and staff; whether her Department's approval is required for...

      Police: Incentives

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will ask the Winsor Review to consider ending the payment of annual bonuses to senior police officers.

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information she holds on the proportion of police budgets spent on (a) frontline police officers and (b) administrative staff in the...

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many police community support officers there were in (a) South Tyneside area command, (b) North Tyneside area command, (c) the...

      Police: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to ensure that police officers receive incremental pay increases comparable to employees in other public services; and if...

      Prevent Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she will be taking to review the balance between the three main areas of Prevent funding; and how she will communicate the...

      Prisoners’ Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times the Serious and Organised Crime Agency altered the licence conditions of released prisoners in each year since 2006.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many enhanced disclosures have been made by the Criminal Records Bureau in each year since 2007.

      Violent and Sex Offender Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the rate per thousand population is of registrations on the Violent and Sex Offender Register in each English county.

      West Midlands Police Authority: Warwickshire Police Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the budget out-turn was of the (a) West Midlands police authority and (b) Warwickshire police authority in (i) cash and (ii) real terms...

  • Treasury

  • Defence

    • Air Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the Order of Battle is of the Royal Air Force.

    • Air Force: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost is of his Department's television advertising campaign for Royal Air Force recruitment.

      Aircraft Carriers: Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the estimated cost of fitting cats and traps to (a) one and (b) both Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers; whether he plans to fit cats and traps...

      Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average length of time taken is between the start of phase one training and deployable capability for an infantry soldier aged (a) 18 or over...

      Armed Forces: Discharges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel were discharged on the basis of services no longer required in the last five years.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many recruits at the Army Foundation College Harrogate (a) started and (b) completed an apprenticeship or equivalent vocational training leading to...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the status is of the Warrior IFV turret upgrade; and if he will make a statement.

      Ben Parkinson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the personal injury compensation paid to Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson in respect of the injuries...

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) monetary value of his Department's assets that cannot be located.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the staff level was of (a) Royal Navy personnel, (b) Ministry of Defence (MOD) police, (c) MOD civil servants and (d) non-MOD personnel employed at...

      Departmental Taxis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on taxis for (a) Ministers, (b) officials and (c) special advisers since May 2010.

      Departmental Written Questions

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

      Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the Order of Battle is of the Brigade of Gurkhas.

      HMS Endurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what work was carried out on HMS Endurance before it was taken over by the Navy; and whether any work was subsequently undertaken by his Department that...

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether any UK ground forces have been deployed in Libya; and what plans he has for such future deployment.

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will order a lessons learned paper on NATO operations in Libya.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Search and Rescue missions the E-3D Sentry aircraft has flown in the latest period for which figures are available; and what the duration was of...

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment his Department has made of the measures which will be required to adapt roads around Kirknewton to allow heavy weaponry, including...

      Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons Royal Fleet Auxiliary personnel are required to meet Merchant Navy and Royal Navy fire fighting standards; and whether he has considered...

      Royal Armoured Corps

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the future Force Structure of the Royal Armoured Corps is to be.

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had on steps to increase the profile of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 11 July 2011, Official Report, column 52W, on unmanned air vehicles, what the strict procedures are which are intended to (a)...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will consider the merits of introducing incentives for manufacturers to adopt environmentally-friendly practices which are...

    • Carbon Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department and its predecessor paid to the Carbon Trust in each of the last five years; and for what purpose.

      Carbon Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what payments his Department plans to make to the Carbon Trust in (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13.

      Carbon Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the title is of each item of research commissioned from the Carbon Trust by his Department.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effect on domestic fuel bills of National Grid's request for an increase in allowed revenue.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with energy companies on the development of billing systems to administer Green Deal payments and savings.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what meetings he has had with energy companies on providing information to consumers on the levels of savings available from Green Deal...

      Nuclear Power Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effect of the abolition of levy exemption certificates on the economic viability of combined heat...

      Nuclear Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Cheltenham of 5 September 2011, Official Report, column 203, on nuclear safety, if he...

      Renewables Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) when he expects to announce the new banding proposals for the renewables obligation from 2013; (2) what the timetable is for the...

      Wind Power: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what subsidy was received by onshore wind farms for each gigawatt of electricity produced in the last year for which figures are available.

      Windpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the total generating capacity from (a) onshore and (b) offshore wind in (i) 2012, (ii) 2013, (iii)...

  • House of Lords

    • Cyclists: Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the latest available statistics concerning road collisions between heavy goods vehicles and cyclists who are killed or seriously injured as a result.

    • Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support services are available for those who have undergone female genital mutilation; and where they are located. To ask Her Majesty's Government what...

      Forensic Science Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consultations they conducted before deciding to abolish the Forensic Science Service.

      Forensic Science Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment was made of the likely impact of the closure of the Forensic Science Service before the decision was taken.

      Government Departments: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much each government department has spent on advertising and public relations since May 2010.

      Government Departments: Research and Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the variation to the research project The Genetic Improvement of Miscanthus as a Sustainable Feedstock for Bioenergy in the UK; and why was the variation...

      Government Departments: Research and Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the variation to the research project Wind Farm Noise Complaint Methodology; and why was the variation approved.

      Government Departments: Research and Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the variation to the research project Modelling of Tropospheric Ozone; and why was the variation approved.

      Government Departments: Research and Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the variation to the research project Energy Dependency and Food Chain Security; and why was the variation approved.

      Government Departments: Research and Data

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the variation to the research project Planet Helpline; and why was the variation approved.

      Government Departments: Surveys

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the information collected in the YouGov Debt Tracker Survey.

      Health: Chromosomal Aberrations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many patients have been diagnosed with chromosomal aberrations in the United Kingdom in the past five years for which figures are available.

      Health: Medical Research

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to streamline the compliance and approval processes for medical and health research; and when they intend to publish their proposals. To ask...

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by Lord Strathclyde on 5 September (Official Report, col. 83), what are the terms of reference of Sir Peter Ricketts' review of the...

      Olympic Games 2012: Torch

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Isles of Scilly will be included in the Olympic torch relay route.

      Patrick Finucane

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Shutt of Greetland on 22 June (WA 316), when they are going to make a decision about the Finucane case.

      Questions for Written Answer

      To ask the Leader of the House whether he has received any explanation from either the Secretary of State or the Permanent Secretary at the Home Office for the three Questions for Written Answer...

      Questions for Written Answer

      To ask the Leader of the House what contacts he has made with the Home Office and the Cabinet Office to discuss those departments' failure to reply to eight of the 20 Questions for Written Answer...

      Railways: Rolling Stock

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the award of the Thameslink rolling stock contract in June, what plans they have for the use of the existing rolling stock; (a) how much of, (b) on what...

      Schools: Free Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether free schools will be admitting excluded pupils from other schools.

      Shipping: Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Programme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, and to what extent, the General Lighthouse Fund funded the cost of the Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Programme in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c)...

      Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what investment they propose for the reinforcement of roads and upgrading of bridges, tunnels or crossings before large heavy goods vehicles (megatrucks) are...

      Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the incidence of heavy goods vehicles using weight-restricted roads; how many prosecutions there have been for breaches of weight...

      Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the formula they use for assessing road damage by heavy goods vehicles relies on the assessment of the American Association of State Highway and...

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