Written answers

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

  • Wales

  • Scotland

    • Common Agricultural Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the effects on Scotland of potential reform of the common agricultural policy.

    • Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent assessment he has made of the potential effects in Scotland of changes to housing benefit.

      West Lothian Question

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Deputy Prime Minister on establishing a commission on the West Lothian Question.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she plans to take in relation to the sale of products that contain ingredients that may cause harm to the aquatic...

    • Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department spent of flood protection measures in (a) England, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) the City of...

      Gangmasters Licensing Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what her policy is on the extension of the scope of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority into other areas of activity;...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish the (a) purchase date, (b) transaction amount, (c) supplier and (d) level 3 or enhanced transaction entry...

      Organic Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the amount of land in (a) England and (b) North Yorkshire and York organically farmed in each...

      Poultry: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what communications she has received from the European Commission on the extent of preparedness by member states to introduce...

  • 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...

    • Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what proportion of the revenue generated by the London 2012 Olympic Games will (a) remain in London and (b) be distributed to...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what representations he has received from the business and finance sectors on the contribution of further large-scale investments in...

    • Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what consultation he plans to hold on the organisations that will administer (a) feed-in tariff contracts for difference and (b)...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what information he holds on domestic energy consumption in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008, (d) 2009 and (e) 2010; (2) what...

      Energy Supply: Government Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the cumulative savings to the public purse of reducing the energy consumption of Government Departments by...

      Energy: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when his Department plans to publish measures to reduce the effects of Government policy on electricity costs for energy-intensive...

      Energy: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 6 July 2011, Official Report, column 1268W, on public sector: energy, whether public sector energy efficiency...

      European Union Emission Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the likely level of revenue from UK companies covered by the European Union Emission Trading Scheme up to 2010.

      Feed-in Tariffs: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of people resident in (a) total, (b) Reading and (c) Reading West constituency who have...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on extending the feed-in tariff to combined heat and power plants.

      Renewable Energy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much funding his Department has allocated for research and development into tidal action renewable energy systems in the...

      Sellafield: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department invested in the MOX reprocessing plant at Sellafield in each financial year since 2000-01.

      Solar Power: Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the effect of bird fouling on the (a) efficiency and (b) longevity of domestic solar panels.

      Water Power: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department plans to take to increase the level of private sector research and development in marine energy technologies...

  • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee

    • Independent Parliamentary Standards: Internet

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, how many times the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority...

    • Independent Parliamentary Standards: Manpower

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, (1) how many (a) part-time and (b) full-time staff were...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of programmes in the Democratic Republic of Congo developed as part of the UK national action...

    • Departmental Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many apprenticeships have been created directly by contracts with his Department in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Written Questions

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

      European Union: European Convention on Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department (a) has had and (b) plans to have with (i) the President of the European Council, (ii) the...

      Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will instruct ambassadors and high commissioners not to pay road tolls in countries whose diplomatic representatives in...

      Tripoli Zoo

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has provided assistance to Tripoli Zoo.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Connexions Service: Innovation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to allow Connexions services to bid for funding from his Department's Innovation Fund for the purpose of assisting young...

    • Government Procurement Card

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

      Hewlett-Packard

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has given approval to the application by Hewlett Packard to offshore jobs under the Adams 2 contract it holds with his...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many small companies outside the construction sector have been prosecuted for breaches of health and safety regulations where no customers...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of health and safety inspectors by local authorities.

      Pensions: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Warrington and (b) Warrington North constituency were in receipt of (i) the basic state pension and (ii) pension credit...

      Schools: Innovation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether schools will be entitled to bid for monies from the Innovation Fund to help them meet careers and guidance responsibilities set out in...

      Social Security Benefits: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Warrington and (b) Warrington North constituency have moved off benefits and into work in the last 12 months for which...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Security

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many passes to enter the Palace of Westminster were valid in each category as...

  • Home Department

    • Khat

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects the review of the evidence relating to the use of khat to complete.

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of project licence applications for experiments on animals which were recommended by the Animal Scientific Procedures...

      Animal Experiments: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the likely effects of transposing EU directive 2010/63/EU into UK law on the annual number of laboratory...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she has received on the use of concussion/percussive blow to the head to kill neonate dogs, cats, ferrets and foxes as...

      CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect on evidence gathering and deterring crime of the use of body-worn CCTV cameras by police officers...

      Civil Disorder: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of people involved in criminal acts during the public disorder in London in the period between 6 and...

      DNA: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2010, Official Report, columns 501-502W, on crime: databases, how many unsolved crimes on file in...

      EU Nationals: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many notifications the United Kingdom Central Authority for the Exchange of Criminal Records gave to each EU member state regarding the...

      Forensic Science Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many service providers have been contracted by police forces to provide forensic services.

      Immigrants: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the impact of human rights legislation on her ability to remove from the UK non-UK citizens whose...

      Metals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to bring forward legislative proposals to further regulate scrap metal yards.

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to bring forward further statutory instruments in respect of the law governing the prescribing powers of non-medical...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many people have been (a) recruited and (b) made redundant from (i) his Department and (ii) each non-departmental body...

    • Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department has spent on redundancy costs since May 2010.

      Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much money his Department spent on international travel in each year since 2008-09.

      Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many overseas visits were made by (a) Ministers, (b) staff and (c) special advisers in his Department between June 2007 and...

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many private homes have been entered by local authority inspectors to check compliance with (a) building regulations, (b)...

      Local Government: Bellwin Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities have indicated that they intend to apply for financial assistance under the Bellwin Scheme in respect...

      Planning Permission: Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what planning guidance he has issued to local authorities on the installation of ground level solar panels; and if he will make...

      Public Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 11 August 2011, on public disorder: support for businesses, how many...

  • Treasury

    • Gift Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will reconsider his plans in respect of the Gift Aid treatment of payments which include tuition provision; and if he will make a statement.

    • Child Benefit: Statistics

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 5 September 2011, Official Report, column 343W, on child benefits: Peterborough, for what reasons data on child benefit payments...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the proportion of income spent by households per decile of income of the population for childcare in (a) each of the last five financial...

      Debts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the level of (a) secured and (b) unsecured personal debt of households in each income decile in each of the next four financial years.

      Departmental Consultants

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

      Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Liverpool, Wavertree of 22 October 2010, Official Report, column 896W, on departmental work experience, (1)...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his oral Answer of 6 September 2011, Official Report, columns 170-1, on domestic energy prices, what steps the Government is taking to curb...

      EU Budget

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent steps he has taken to promote a programme of financial waste reduction in EU institutions.

      Excise Duties: Gaming Machines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many responses he has received to the consultation on machine games duty.

      Excise Duties: Gaming Machines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to respond to the consultation on machine games duty.

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of requests made to his Department under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 were not answered within 20 working days between...

      Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the review into the effectiveness of the 50p rate of income tax will consider the effects of the tax rate on the economy including loss of revenue...

      Legal Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Chief Secretary to the Treasury has had discussions with (a) the Secretary of State for Justice, (b) the Secretary of State for the Home...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of responses to items of correspondence received from the public and hon. Members to his Department since 25 May 2010 to the...

      National Insurance Contributions: Birmingham

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses in Birmingham have participated in the national insurance contributions holiday since the scheme came into effect.

      National Insurance Contributions: Birmingham

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses in Birmingham, Selly Oak constituency have participated in the employer national insurance contributions holiday since the scheme came...

      National Insurance Contributions: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many new businesses established in Belfast East constituency have participated in the National Insurance Holiday scheme.

      Parliamentary Questions: Costs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 6 September 2011, Official Report, column 400W, on social security benefits: overseas residence, what estimate he has made of the...

      Taxation: Foreign Companies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the contribution of controlled foreign companies to the national tax gap in each year since 2005.

      Taxation: Foreign Companies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to ensure that the tax regime applying to controlled foreign companies (CFCs) reduces the tax gap during the comprehensive spending...

  • Transport

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many pensioners have claimed free bus travel in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since...

    • Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much his Department has spent on concessionary bus travel for pensioners in (a) England and (b) the City of York in each year since such schemes...

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received from (a) coach operators, (b) disability organisations, (c) other organisations and (d) individuals on changes in...

      Bus Services: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) quality contracts and (b) quality partnerships exist governing bus services in England; and what geographical locations they cover in each...

      Bus Services: GPS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information his Department holds on which Passenger Transport Executives have bus fleets which (a) are fitted and (b) they plan to fit with global...

      Bus Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of the most recent report he has received from the Traffic Commissioners on bus punctuality.

      Caravans: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on accidents related to the road worthiness of caravans; (2) what research he has (a)...

      Cars: Tyres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has any plans to extend the MOT test to cover spare tyres.

      Cycling: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to encourage children to (a) walk and (b) cycle to school; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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...

      Driving: Eyesight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will conduct a cost-benefit analysis of the replacement of the number-plate test for drivers with a comprehensive eye test by a qualified medical...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will review the policy of a driving licence holder undertaking a self-assessment to inform the potential suspension of a licence on medical...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average time taken by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency is, once informed of concerns on medical grounds, of a driver's fitness to...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps are taken by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) to enforce the self-assessment of drivers who, on medical grounds, may be...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average length of time was between a driver suspended from driving to receiving a notice of the revocation of their licence from the Driver...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 14 July 2011, Official Report, column 434W, on electric vehicles, how many Type 2 connectors he expects to be installed in...

      Energy Networks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to encourage the linking of the trans-European transport and energy networks.

      Government Car and Despatch Agency: Uniforms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the Government Car and Despatch Agency has spent on uniforms for its drivers in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Humber Bridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what purpose CCTV is used on the Humber Bridge; and what the cost has been of (a) installation and (b) maintenance since its installation.

      M1: Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what further steps he plans to take to reduce congestion northbound between junctions 27 and 28 on the M1 motorway at rush hour times; and if he will...

      Motor Vehicles: Insurance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking in respect of the cost of insurance premiums for motorists.

      Motor Vehicles: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many domestic vehicles in each vehicle excise duty band were registered to addresses in York in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the potential effect on rail passenger numbers of the proposed increase in rail fares.

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how an emergency incident would be co-ordinated from beginning to end and what the role of the (a) Maritime Operations Centre and (b) Maritime Rescue...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many road users excluding cyclists have been (a) killed or (b) injured in (i) Pendle constituency, (ii) Lancashire and (iii) nationwide in...

      Shipping: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department has taken to implement a new port state control system following the request from the European Commission of 19 May 2011.

      Speed Limits: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the recommendations contained in the Committee on Climate Change's recent progress report on enforcement of speed limits...

      Thameslink Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which external consultants were contracted to advise his Department on the (a) design, (b) tendering and (c) award of preferred bidder status for the...

      Travel: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) fatal and (b) serious travel-related accidents there have been in (i) the City of York and (ii) Yorkshire and the Humber in each year...

      Vehicle Number Plates: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information his Department holds on how many vehicles registered in Great Britain have a national flag on their number plate.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to improve the availability of equipment to be despatched to armed forces in Afghanistan.

    • Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) official and (b) VIP visits to (i) Headley Court and (ii) the wards of Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham managed by his Department his...

      Defence Support Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with (a) Babcock, (b) BAE Systems and (c) General Dynamics UK on the sale of Defence Support Group properties.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which foreign companies have been awarded contracts that included an obligation for industrial participation in the latest period for which figures are...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what information regarding offset commitments has been provided to the European Defence Agency since Directive 2009/81/EC was transposed into UK law.

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has considered using the Typhoon as an alternative to the F35 Joint Strike Fighter to serve on the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the Statement by the Prime Minister of 19 October 2010, Official Report, column 801, and with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for...

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of weapons used by UK forces in support of Operation Ellamy was represented by Brimstone and precision missiles.

      RAF Coningsby

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether additional Quick Reaction Alert provision will be created at RAF Coningsby following the drawdown of the Typhoon force from RAF Leuchars.

      Type 26 Frigates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the Capability Decision Point will be reached for the Type 26 Frigate programme.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for future unmanned combat air vehicles research funding; and if he will make a statement.

  • Education

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of childcare settings in (a) the 10 per cent. most deprived areas, (b) the 10 per cent. least deprived areas and (c) all...

    • Early Years Foundation Stage Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how he plans to consider continence in the revised Early Years Foundation Stage; and whether the special education needs single statutory assessment...

      Schools: Attendance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what measures he plans to use to monitor the progress of the lowest attaining 20% of children in schools.

      Schools: Sanitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he plans to incorporate regulations on water and toilet facilities in his revision of the School Premises Regulations.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Alternative Vote

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what his most recent estimate is of the funding that has been provided to (a) each...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • High Street Support Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the funds provided by his Department in respect of the High Street Support scheme are allocated from existing budgets;...

    • Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether facilities provided to the ASLEF union and funded through the Transforming Communications with Union Members project from...

      Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department collected any data on (a) levels of awareness among small and medium-sized businesses of sources of advice...

      Businesses: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent estimate he has made of the annual number of start-up businesses that fail as a result of fraudulent activity against...

      Foreign Defence Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what steps his Department takes to monitor whether foreign defence companies meet their industrial participation...

      Inward Investment: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much foreign investment in (a) Yorkshire and the Humber and (b) the City of York there was in each year since 2003; and what...

      National Union of Rail Maritime and Transport Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether facilities provided to the RMT union and funded through the RMT Remote Access Project have been used for campaigning and...

      Overseas Investment: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had on the conduct of British-based multinational corporations that are investors in the acquisition of...

      Overseas Trade: Balkans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the levels of (a) trade and (b) investment between the UK and (i) Macedonia and (ii)...

      Unite

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether facilities provided to the Amicas/Unite union and funded through the Piloting IT Services for Branches Project have been...

  • Justice

    • CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations he has received on the use of television cameras in law courts.

    • Civil Disorder: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many compensation orders have been issued to people found guilty of offences connected with public disorder in August 2011; and what the total amount...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the potential savings to the public purse of the reduction in funding for staff of HM Courts and Tribunals Service to...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the potential effects of the reduction in funding for HM Courts and Tribunals Service staff to accompany magistrates to...

      Departmental Private Finance Initiative

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

      Drugs: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in the London borough of Bexley have been convicted of offences of (a) possession and (b) supply of illegal class A drugs in each of the...

      Drugs: Reading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in Reading West constituency have been convicted of (a) possession and (b) supply of illegal class A drugs in each of the last five...

      Incentives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much the Prison Service has spent on staff bonuses in each of the last three years.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues about removing clinical negligence from the scope of legal aid.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people accessed legal aid in connection with claims for clinical negligence in the last year for which figures are available.

      Legal Services Commission: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of potential effects on his Department of the planned closure of the Legal Services Commission.

      National Archives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many documents have been identified as missing from the National Archives; and what steps are being taken to recover any such documents.

      Prison and Probation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 13 July 2011, Official Report, column 31WS, on prison and probation services (England and Wales), what...

      Prison and Probation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 13 July 2011, Official Report, column 31WS, on prison and probation services (England and Wales), what...

      Prisoners' Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners in C category prison accommodation approved for transfer to D category prison accommodation have been waiting (a) more than three...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many probation officers were working for the probation service in England and Wales on 31 March 2011; and what estimate he has made of the equivalent...

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) probation officers and (b) probation service officers were employed by the probation service in England and Wales on 31 December (a) 2008,...

      Sentencing: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many EU nationals resident in the UK were convicted of an offence resulting in a custodial sentence of more than two years in each year since 2004.

      Squatting: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to make the occupation of a home by squatters a criminal offence.

      Victim Support Schemes: Witnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on supporting victims of crime and witnesses who were party to proceedings at York (a) magistrates court and (b) Crown...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Graduates: Unemployment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent estimate he has made of the number of unemployed graduates in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England.

    • Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when the independent evaluation of the first year of National Citizen Service will be completed; and when the outcome of the commissioning process for...

      Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what his most recent estimate is of the number of young people under the age of 24 years who are in (a) training, (b) employment and (c) education in...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • House of Lords: Reform

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent progress he has made towards reform of the House of Lords; and if he will make a statement.

  • Health

    • Abortion: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the terms of reference are of his Department's planned consultation on abortion counselling.

    • Ambulance Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on the number of ambulance staff employed at band (a) six and (b) seven in (i) 2007, (ii) 2009 and (iii) 2011.

      Ambulance Services: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on the average number of years of unemployment of ambulance staff employed at each band from two to seven.

      CJD: Blood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of (a) the number of people with asymptomatic variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease and (b) the proportion of such people who...

      CJD: Blood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease disclaimer to be removed from UK blood bags and products.

      Dental Health: Children

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

      Dental Services: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) gross expenditure including dental charges and (b) net expenditure was in respect of NHS general dental services in North Yorkshire and York...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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...

      Health Services: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 5 September 2011, Official Report, column 156W, on health services: foreign nationals, what the cost was of reclaiming NHS costs...

      Negligence: Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the NHS of the Government's proposal to remove clinical negligence from within the scope of Legal Aid.

      NHS Walk-in Centres: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people received treatment at York NHS walk-in centre in each year of its operation.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what effect the implementation of the Health and Social Care Bill will have on NHS baseline funding. [R]

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes in the funding allocated to the devolved Administrations he expects to result from implementation of the provisions of the Health and Social...

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many organ donations made by non-UK citizens have been used in operations performed within the NHS in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Pain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the number of people with chronic pain in (a) England and (b) Gloucestershire; what NHS services and treatment are...

      Social Services: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding his Department provided for the social work bursary in each of the last three years; what proportion of the bursary was awarded in the...

      York Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what capital expenditure York Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust incurred in each year since 1996-97.

      York Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished consultant episodes there were (a) in total and (b) in each speciality at York Hospitals NHS Trust in each year since 1996-97.

      York Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were waiting for (a) outpatient appointments and (b) in-patient admissions at York NHS Trust on 1 April (i) 1997, (ii) 2001, (iii) 2005,...

      York Hospitals NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the average length of time patients waited for (a) outpatient appointments and (b) in-patient admissions at York NHS Trust in (i) 1997, ii) 2001,...

      York Hospitals NHS Trust: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many staff were employed at York Hospitals NHS Trust by main staff group as at 30 September (a) 1997, (b) 2008 and (c) in the latest year for...

      York Hospitals: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many full-time equivalent (a) medical consultants, (b) other doctors, (c) nurses and midwives and (d) other health professionals were employed...

  • International Development

    • Caribbean: Hurricanes and Tornadoes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to assist those in (a) developing countries and (b) British Overseas Territories who have been...

    • Horn of Africa: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with his foreign counterparts on the provision of aid to the Horn of Africa.

      Horn of Africa: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the G20 in November 2011 and international action in respect...

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent reports he has received on the human rights situation of the Transitional Federal government of Somalia; what steps he is...

      Internally Displaced People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his policy is on the establishment of internally displaced peoples' camps inside Somalia; and if he will make a statement.

      Refugees

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what reports he has received on the Liboi reception centre for refugees arriving in Kenya from Somalia; what assistance his Department...

      Somalia: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on the conflict in Somalia.

      UN Central Emergency Response Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with other governments on the five-year evaluation of the Central Emergency Response Fund.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many meetings he has had with hon. Members of each political party since May 2010.

  • House of Lords

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to issue guidelines on counselling to clinics registered under the provisions of the Abortion Act 1967.

    • Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Royal Air Force and Royal Navy pilots were qualified to fly Harrier jets at 1 June 2010; and how many are still qualified. To ask Her Majesty's Government...

      Armed Forces: Medals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether consideration is being given to the award of posthumous Victoria Crosses to Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba and Trooper Thomas Tobin for their bravery during...

      Armed Forces: Medals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether it is possible to award either a Victoria Cross or a George Cross without the award being announced.

      Armed Forces: Radiation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what blood analysis testing is carried out on members of the United Kingdom Armed Forces to detect and prevent genetic damage caused by radiation.

      Assisted Dying

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the comments on euthanasia by Martin Green, the Government's National Dementia Champion for the Independent Sector, in the Daily Telegraph on 28 August...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to bring United Kingdom banking liquidity requirements into line with those proposed by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision.

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Sassoon on 5 September ((Official Report, col. 14), what was the basis on which the Minister asserted that bankers' remuneration was...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have the necessary baseline information on bank remuneration in 2011 to permit all necessary responses under Project Merlin.

      Banking: Switzerland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider significantly restricting the activities in the United Kingdom of Swiss banks which will not provide full details of the accounts held...

      British Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what they class as the international development work of the British Council in the light of the Spending Review 2010.

      Care Homes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hanham on 5 September (HL 11495), whether they will take action to collect centrally information on financial gains made...

      Debt: Interest Rates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they consider that current interest rate policy is designed to be fair to savers or borrowers.

      Debt: Public Sector

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether permitting United Kingdom local authorities to raise sterling funds in the bond market will lead to an increase in the cost to the public of funding...

      Energy: Green Deal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to offer financial incentives to increase the number of domestic and commercial properties in the United Kingdom that are insulated to modern...

      Environment: Green Belt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what area of England was designated as green belt in 1997; and what is the current area now designated as green belt.

      Environment: Protected Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of land in England is designated as (a) national park, (b) area of outstanding natural beauty, and (c) green belt.

      Environment: Urban Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the land of England is designated as urban or developed.

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have discussed with the relevant authorities in other European countries their successful prosecution of cases involving female genital mutilation.

      Financial Services: Fines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether fines levied on financial services firms and individuals under the proposed new regulatory framework will be paid to the Government or used to reduce the...

      Fire Service College

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Hanham on 5 September (WS 11), what are the current fire service college ownership and business arrangements.

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 30 June (WA 464) and 14 July (WA 203), whether the methods used by public health observatories to detect potential...

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 19 July (WA 266), whether (a) they also recognise the benefit of a multidisciplinary approach in updating the...

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Business Interests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will record and publish (a) instances when United Kingdom diplomats lobby for United Kingdom business interests, (b) who they lobby for, and (c)...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have been requested by or on behalf of the United Nations to increase their financial assistance to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the dangers to the health of Gaza's population, in particular those under the age of 18, arising from Israel's blockade, in...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with other European Union member states or the European Union High Representative with a view to agreeing concerted European Union...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel concerning the bombing of Gaza during August and the loss of life of civilians and children.

      Government Departments: Surveys

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who are the stakeholders that are contacted as part of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Stakeholder Satisfaction Survey; who contacts them and by...

      Government Departments: Surveys

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who are the stakeholders that are contacted as part of the MORI Captains of Industry Survey; and what assessment they have made of the information collected in the...

      Gypsies and Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to amend the Draft Traveller Planning Policy (DTPP) to make it consistent with the National Planning Policy Framework, and whether there...

      Health: Cytogenetics

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what use is made by the National Health Service of cytogenetic m-FISH (fluorescence in situ hybridisation) blood analysis. To ask Her Majesty's Government what is...

      Health: Vaccinations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Thornton on 14 January 2010 (WA 180-81), whether they will update the figures on the number of members of the emergency...

      HM Treasury: Financial Advisers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the fee arrangement with the financial advisers to HM Treasury in connection with a possible sale of HM Treasury's ownership of Northern Rock produces a...

      Immigration: Deportation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many successful judicial challenges on human rights grounds there have been to deportation orders this year; how many involved an argument that deportation...

      Independent Commission on Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total cost of the Independent Commission on Banking.

      Inflation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have reviewed the record of the Bank of England in forecasting inflation; and whether they will publish the outcome of any such review. To ask Her...

      Justice: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which voluntary organisations working in the penal sector have had their funding cut or reduced in the past 12 months.

      Justice: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government by what proportion voluntary sector funding in the penal sector has been reduced; and how this compares with overall reductions in prison expenditure.

      Lebanon

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will seek to have the ceasefire line in Lebanon (the Blue Line) fully delineated; and if not, why not.

      Migrant Workers: Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Browning on 14 July (WA 211), whether they have under review avenues of immigration relating to applications by...

      Nuclear Industry: Radiation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what blood analysis testing is carried out on civilian nuclear workers in the United Kingdom to detect and prevent genetic damage caused by radiation.

      Overseas: Fragile and Conflicted Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they use to judge whether a state is considered fragile or conflict-affected.

      Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will support a vote in September in the United Nations General Assembly to recognise Palestine as an independent state and a full member of the United...

      Racism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who were the representatives from the United Kingdom that attended the meeting of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 23...

      Racism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what organisations and individuals made submissions about the United Kingdom to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Parallel...

      Schools: Free Schools

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether free schools will be exempt from compliance with any provisions of the Equality Act 2010; and, if so, what are those exemptions.

      Schools: Music

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to follow recommendations 5 and 9 of Darren Henley's review of music education in England and to include music in the national curriculum and the...

      Schools: Music

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will include music in the English Baccalaureate through the establishment of a sixth pillar of creative and cultural education subjects.

      Schools: Music

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the link between the United Kingdom's economic and employment prospects and the United Kingdom's creative and cultural music...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any remarks were made on behalf of the United Kingdom at the United Nations Human Rights Council Special Session on "The situation of human rights in the...

      Taiwan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, during the current general assembly of the United Nations, they will support the application by the Government of Taiwan for participation as observers in...

      UK Honours

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of people nominated by members of the general public for honours receive one.

      UK Honours

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether consideration is being given to introducing a new rank lower than Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George, to recognise those who work abroad...

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the Department for International Development's new Private Sector Department will work with UK Trade and Investment.

      UN: Responsibility to Protect

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they use to assess whether a situation invokes the use of the United Nations "responsibility to protect" norm; and how they judge whether a state...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many jobs they estimate are currently filled by non-graduate, non-European Union students; and what rights non-European Union citizens have to obtain a visa to...

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