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Written answers

Thursday, 15 September 2011

  • Prime Minister

    • Ministers: Conduct

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what questions the Cabinet Secretary asked of the Prime Minister in investigating the hon. Member for Bassetlaw's complaint of a potential breach of the...

    • Ministers: Conduct

      To ask the Prime Minister who is responsible under the Ministerial Code for investigating any complaints of a breach of the code by the Prime Minister; and with whom he has confirmed his...

  • Scotland

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the cost to the (a) public purse and (b) private sector of implementing Government policies on tackling...

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many officials in his Department worked on the draft of the national planning policy framework produced by the Department for...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many officials in his Department worked on the draft of the national planning policy framework produced by the practitioners'...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the total cost to the public purse is of all forms of subsidy for the development, construction and installation of each low...

      Feed-in Tariffs: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of people resident in (a) East Lancashire and (b) Pendle constituency who have participated in...

      Microgeneration Certification Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many companies are registered as qualified under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme in (a) Wales and (b) the UK.

      Microgeneration Certification Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he plans to take to ensure that smart meters will not expose customers to prolonged radio frequency microwave radiation.

      National Infrastructure Plan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will publish his Department's submission to the National Infrastructure Plan.

      Radioactive Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has considered the potential effects on (a) sector skills and employment and (b) the future re-use of the UK's plutonium...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many recipients there are of council tax benefit in each local authority area in England.

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of recipients of council tax benefit of working age (a) were in employment, (b) were not in employment and (c) had a registered...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many rents for (a) shared, (b) one bedroom, (c) two bedroom, (d) three bedroom and (e) four bedroom accommodation were assessed as...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households were receiving Housing Benefit Transitional Protection in each local authority area in Great Britain in June 2011.

      Social Fund: Yorkshire and Humberside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) York, (b) North Yorkshire, (c) Yorkshire and the Humber and (d) England have received a (i) grant and (ii) loan from the...

      Social Security Benefits: City of York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in City of York Council area have moved off benefits and into work in the last 12 months.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

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

    • Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 8 September 2011, Official Report, column 771W, on badgers, whether the costs to the public purse...

      Deerstalking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information her Department holds on the number of people who have attained deerstalking level 1 proficiency in each region.

      Fish: Catering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what types of fish are served in her Department's canteens and associated facilities.

      Fisheries: Quotas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will make an assessment of the compatibility of European Commission proposals on tradable fishing quotas with EU...

      Fishing Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many fishing vessels on the British Register were required to comply with the economic link requirement as part of the...

      Fishing Vessels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of the UK fixed quota allocation is held by dummy vessels for each UK fish producer organisation.

      Forestry Commission: 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...

      Game: Birds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will bring forward proposals to ban the mass production of birds for sport shooting; and if she will make a...

      Livestock: Animal Welfare

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

      Recycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of waste collected in City of York was recycled in each year since 2003-04; what funding her Department...

  • Attorney-General

    • Coroners and Justice Act 2009: Prosecutions

      To ask the Attorney-General how many people have been charged with offences under section 71 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 for holding someone in slavery or servitude or requiring a person...

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions he has met (a) representatives of the drinks industry, (b) alcohol treatment providers and (c) alcohol-related charities since his...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 19 July 2011, Official Report, column 917W, on alcoholic drinks: misuse, for what reasons his Department uses the 2005 General...

      Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 19 July 2011, Official Report, column 917W, on alcoholic drinks: misuse, what plans he has to update estimates of the number of...

      Cancer: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of robotic radiosurgery; and what contribution he expects robotic radiosurgery to make...

      Care Homes: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the smallest care home is which was inspected by the Care Quality Commission in the last three years.

      Food Standards Agency: 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 of each transaction...

      Health Services: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many foreign nationals owe (a) under £1,000 and (b) over £1,000 for NHS treatment which they have received.

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the balance of outstanding payments was for each country under the European Health Insurance Card scheme in the latest period for which information...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many NHS admissions were made under Part II of the Mental Health Act 1983 in each NHS trust area in England in the latest year for which figures...

      NHS: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many days of staff sickness absence there were in trust hospitals in England on average per employee in (a) 2009 and (b) 2010.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress he has made on his proposal to end lifetime council house tenancies.

    • Local Government: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information he holds on the number of days of staff sickness absence in local authorities in England on average per...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Children's Television Programming

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what discussions she has had with broadcasters on improving the representation of women and girls in children's television programming.

    • Unemployment

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what assessment she has made of the level of unemployment of young women; and if she will make a statement.

      Flexible Working

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what steps she plans to take to improve arrangements for flexible working.

  • Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when his Department expects to publish its response to the consultation on air passenger duty.

    • Bank Services: Switzerland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the amount of tax that would be owed to the Exchequer on the capital and interest of funds held by UK taxpayers in Switzerland if they...

      Budgets: Equality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions his Department (a) conducted and (b) published an equality impact assessment of (i) the Budget and (ii) a Spending Review in the...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when HM Revenue and Customs plans to publish the methodology for identifying those families with a higher rate taxpayer who will no longer be entitled to...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) special advisers and (b) press officers were employed by his Department between (i) November 1999 and June 2001, (ii) May 2002 and June 2007...

      Departmental Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent on newspapers and periodicals in 2010-11.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of procurement contracts offered by his Department have been advertised on the Contracts Finder website since the website's inception.

      Departmental Procurement

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

      Equitable Life Payment Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Equitable Life Payment Scheme; and if he will make a statement.

      Financial Institutions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what his policy is on the international regulation of positions held by financial institutions in commodity markets via (a) hedge funds and (b) index...

      Households: Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households with (a) one or two children, (b) three or four children, (c) four or five children and (d) six children or more there are in (i) Leeds...

      Income Tax: Tax Yields

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the monetary value was of the tax receipts for each income tax band in (a) 2000 and (b) each year since 2005; (2) how many people paid income...

      Inflation: Low Incomes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the effects of inflation on people with low and fixed incomes in the comprehensive spending review period.

      Mass Media

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to the public purse was of his Department's national media coverage evaluations in each month between (a) November 1999 and June 2001, (b) May...

      Public Sector Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the national debt was in May 2010 and what it is expected to be in May 2015 (a) in sterling and (b) as a proportion of gross domestic product.

      Taxis

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent on taxis in 2010-11.

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether in transposing EU directive 2010/63/EU into UK law the provisions of the Animal (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 will be (a) retained...

    • Animal Welfare: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to safeguard animal welfare standards in laboratories.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has for the reform of the asylum system; and if she will make a statement.

      Entry Clearances: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many diplomatic visas have been granted for staff at the embassies of (a) Denmark, (b) El Salvador, (c) Equatorial Guinea, (d)...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason private colleges which run courses validated by a university are subject to an additional review under tier 4 arrangements;...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases were accepted for consideration as victims of trafficking by the National Referral Mechanism but were subsequently not pursued...

      Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 27 July 2011, Official Report, column 908W, on first offenders, how many people given a custodial sentence for a...

      Overseas Students: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason overseas students studying at independent colleges are prohibited from undertaking paid work while studying; and if she will...

      Overseas Students: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with colleges which provide religious education on changes to the Tier 4 accreditation process.

      Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations she has received from professional bodies regarding the changes to Tier 1 and 2 visas.

  • Defence

    • Adam Werritty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times he has met Adam Werritty (a) in total and (b) in his Department's main building since May 2010.

    • Adam Werritty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions Adam Werritty has travelled with him on overseas visits since May 2010.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent estimate he has made of the number of empty service family quarters.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on upgrading service personnel accommodation in each month since May 2010.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many homes are provided for service personnel and their families in City of York constituency; and how many have been provided in each year since 1994.

      Armed Forces: Investigations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what investigation his Department conducted into an incident on 15 November 2006 in Helmand Province in Afghanistan in which a Royal Marines...

      Ben Parkinson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will take steps to ensure that Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson will not be discharged from the Army on medical grounds whilst he is in receipt of...

      Commando Brigade

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

      Defence Reform Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much he expects to be saved as a result of the implementation of Lord Levene's recommendations in the report, Defence Reform—an independent...

      Defence Support Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to sell (a) the Defence Support Group, (b) the Marchwood Sea Mounting Centre and (c) his Department's share of the telecommunications...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what effect the transposition of directive 2009/81/EC into UK law will have on Yellow Book procurement rules regarding sole source procurement.

      Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Army personnel, (b) Ministry of Defence Police, (c) civil servants working for his Department and (d) civilian staff of his Department were...

      Private Finance Initiative

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

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to his Department's Business Plan 2011-2015, how much is projected to be saved in (a) Resource DEL, (b) Capital DEL, (c) annually-managed...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much (a) has been saved and (b) is projected to be saved in each financial year of the spending review period in (i) Resource DEL, (ii) Capital DEL,...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much will be saved in (a) Resource DEL, (b) Capital DEL, (c) annually-managed expenditure and (d) in total by April 2013 from the withdrawal of the...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much will be saved in (a) Resource DEL, (b) Capital DEL, (c) annually-managed expenditure and (d) in total by March 2012 from placing at extended...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much has been saved in (a) Resource DEL, (b) Capital DEL, (c) annually-managed expenditure and (d) in total from the removal of the Royal Navy...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been saved in (a) Resource DEL, (b) Capital DEL, (c) annually-managed expenditure and (d) in total from the decommissioning of HMS Ark Royal.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been saved in (a) Resource DEL, (b) Capital DEL, (c) annually-managed expenditure and (d) in total from the reduction by four in the number...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been saved in (a) Resource DEL, (b) Capital DEL, (c) annually-managed expenditure and (d) in total from the decommissioning of one Bay-class...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to his Department's Business Plan 2011-2015, how much has been saved in (a) Resource DEL, (b) Capital DEL, (c) annually-managed...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to his Department's Business Plan 2011-2015, what efficiencies over the Comprehensive Spending Review period, including work under the...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much is projected to be saved in (a) Resource DEL, (b) Capital DEL, (c) annually managed expenditure and (d) in total from the Ministry of Defence...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what non-front line costs his Department incurred in 2010-11 in respect of (a) Resource DEL, (b) Capital DEL and (c) AME.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department expects to save through reductions in commodity spend in respect of (a) Resource DEL, (b) Capital DEL and (c) AME in each year of...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much (a) has been saved and (b) is projected to be saved in each financial year of the comprehensive spending review period from reductions in spend...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department expects to save through estate rationalisation through (a) sales and (b) reduced operational costs in respect of (i) Resource...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what savings to the public purse he expects to achieve from the Submarine Enterprise Performance Programme in respect of (a) Resource DEL, (b) Capital...

      Official Overseas Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's policy on overseas travel for departmental (a) Ministers and (b) parliamentary private secretaries.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether he plans to deploy more troops to Gibraltar; (2) how much his Department spent on the defence of Gibraltar in each of the last 10 years.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what recent reports he has received of territorial infringements in Gibraltarian waters; and if he will make a statement; (2) how many territorial...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      India: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to increase defence exports to India; and if he will make a statement.

      Israel: Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on leasing drones from Israel in each of the last five years; what the total operating time of such drones was in each...

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of sorties flown by NATO forces in respect of Operation Ellamy were flown by each participating state.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the United States Department of Defense regarding the exchange of one initial operational test and evaluation F-35B...

      Military Bases: Kirknewton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on (a) the Military Civil Integration project, (b) the proposed construction of barracks at Kirknewton, West Lothian and (c) regional...

      Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what process the Royal Navy uses to dispose of surplus (a) spare parts, (b) specialist and general tools and (c) other surplus equipment; (2) what...

      Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the Order of Battle is of the fleet. [Official Report, 15 December 2011, Vol. 537, c. 1MC.]

      RAF Leuchars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the oral statement of 18 July 2011, Official Report, columns 643-45, what assessment he has made of the feasibility of basing at Leuchars the...

      RAF Leuchars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether an operational runway is to be retained at Leuchars following the arrival of Army units and a formation headquarters.

      RAF Leuchars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the monetary value is of contracts awarded to local firms by RAF Leuchars in each of the last 10 years.

      RAF Leuchars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to meet the Residents Action Force Leuchars to discuss the closure of RAF Leuchars.

      RAF Lossiemouth: European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for a new Air Defence training area for the operation of the Typhoon Force from RAF Lossiemouth.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the Watchkeeper unmanned aerial vehicle to be fully operational; and if he will make a statement.

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements his Department has made in respect of the protection of Royal Navy ships from running aground following the withdrawal of emergency...

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many people employed by (a) his Department and (b) the Young People's Learning Agency are assigned to work on the Academy Programme; and what the...

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education for what reason local education authorities are responsible for the costs of maintaining the records of schools converting to academies.

      Capital Grant Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many local authorities will receive funding from his Department's capital grant to be allocated in the autumn; and if he will make a...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) childminder services, (b) full day childcare settings and (c) out-of-school childcare settings (i) opened and (ii) closed in England in...

      Civil Servants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many civil servants his Department employed in each of its three most senior grades (a) on the most recent date for which figures are available and...

      Computer Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment his Department has made of the contribution of the teaching and learning of computer science to the digital, creative and...

      Departmental Private Finance Initiative

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

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much (a) his Department and (b) each non-departmental body for which he is responsible has spent on redundancies since May 2010.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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...

      Education Maintenance Allowance: City of York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many young people in the City of York received education maintenance allowance in each year since 2004-05.

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department spent on (a) primary and (b) secondary school education in (i) South Tyneside, (ii) the North East and (iii) nationwide in 2010.

      Education: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the local education authority net revenue expenditure per head of population aged between 14 and 19 was in cash terms for each London borough in...

      Family Intervention Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many staff were employed in each Family Intervention Project in each year since the establishment of the projects.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many pupils achieved at least five GCSEs grades A* to C in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) nationwide...

      GCSE: Home Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps the Government is taking to ensure that home-educated children have access to GCSE examination centres.

      Government Buying Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the reasons were for excluding his Department from the adoption of Government Buying Standards.

      Numeracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what steps he plans to take to ensure that children finish education functionally numerate; and if he will make a statement; (2) what steps he...

      Schools: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department spent on school buildings in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii) the...

      Schools: City of York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how much his Department allocated to the City of York Council for school capital spending in (a) 1996-97 and (b) each year since; (2) what...

      Schools: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Schools will visit Richard Lee Primary School in Coventry.

      Schools: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the guaranteed level of funding per pupil was for (a) primary, (b) secondary and (c) special schools in Hampshire in the latest period for which...

      Schools: Newton Abbot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the average class size for (a) primary and (b) secondary schools was in Newton Abbot constituency in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Schools: Swimming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to promote swimming in schools.

      Sixth Form Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many students are entering sixth form in each school and college in London in 2011-12.

      Social Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what proportion of children's social workers employed by each local authority on 1 April in each of the last five financial years were no longer...

      Teachers: City of York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many full-time equivalent (a) teachers, (b) teaching assistants and (c) support staff there were in local authority schools in the City of...

      Teachers: City of York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the gross average salary of a full-time teacher in local authority schools in the City of York was in (a) cash and (b) real terms in each year...

      Teachers: Newton Abbot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school teachers were employed in Newton Abbot constituency in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Teachers: Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many days there were of sickness absence by teaching staff in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in England on average per employee in (i) 2009...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what algorithm the Training and Development Agency uses to allocate quotas for initial teacher training places to training institutions.

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 11 May 2011, Official Report, column 1281-3W, on higher education: teachers, how many and what proportion of the mainstream...

      Training and Development Agency: City of York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much mainstream grant funding was allocated by the Training and Development Agency for Schools to (a) the University of York and (b) York St John...

      University Technical Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the decision-making process is for the assessment of university technical college bids.

      University Technical Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to announce his decision on the university technical college bids.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to reply to questions 68227, on care placements, and 68230, on special guardianship, tabled by the hon. Member for Chesterfield on 18...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to respond to questions 68881, on looked after children, and 68882, on adoption, tabled by the hon. Member for Chesterfield on 20 July...

  • International Development

    • Ethiopia: Resettlement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what information his Department holds on the government of Ethiopia's villagization policy.

    • Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he has had recent discussions with the Committee on World Food Security on the implementation of the recommendations of the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of stocks of chemical weapons held in Libya before the start of the recent uprising against Colonel...

    • Bahrain: Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the recent trials of medical staff in Bahrain; and if he will make a statement.

      Burma: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had on the establishment of a human rights commission in Burma; and if he will make a statement.

      Burma: Political Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with ASEAN on political prisoners in Burma.

      China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of (a) the influence of the People's Republic of China in the Indian Ocean and (b) the effect...

      Croatia: EU Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what timetable he has set for the ratification by Parliament of Croatia's accession to the EU.

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure that the human rights of ethnic minorities in Libya are protected during the period of...

      Iraq: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Turkish and Iranian governments on military action in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

      Occupied Territories: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the government of Israel over (a) the expansion of illegal settlements on the west...

      UK Membership of EU

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the total annual cost of the UK's membership of the EU.

      UN World Conference Against Racism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's planned approach is regarding the UN World Conference Against Racism in September 2011.

      UN World Conference Against Racism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the UN World Conference Against Racism in September 2011.

  • Transport

    • Lane Rental

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the likely effects on congestion of the implementation of lane rental proposals.

    • Rail Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of recent trends in levels of rail travel.

      Inland Waterways: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to increase the proportion of freight carried on inland waterways.

      Smart Ticketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with transport operators on the expansion of smart ticketing technologies.

      Bus Services: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effects of bus service reductions on young people; and if he will make a statement.

      Driving: Sleep Apnoea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will meet Ms Carol Upcraft to discuss her campaign to raise awareness about the contribution of sleep apnoea to road accidents.

      Driving: Sleep Apnoea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the number of road accidents where sleep apnoea was attributed as a cause in the last three years.

      High Speed Trains: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make an assessment of the potential (a) economic and (b) environmental benefits of including Scotland in the national high speed rail network.

      Large Goods Vehicles: Sleep Apnoea

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to raise awareness within the road haulage industry of the risks associated with undiagnosed sleep apnoea.

      Network Rail: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will discuss with Network Rail (a) the introduction of a fair payments policy and (b) the reduction of its current 60-day payment terms.

      Railways: Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessments his Department has made of the risks to the train building supply chain in the UK since January 2011; and what support his Department...

      Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the economic costs of congestion on the road network.

      Road Traffic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport by how much his Department expects traffic numbers on the major road network to change between 2011 and (a) 2020, (b) 2030 and (c) 2040.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information his Department holds on the causes of road accidents.

      Thameslink Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish the financial model used to assess bids for the Thameslink Rolling Stock Project.

      Thameslink Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what regulations govern the (a) Intercity Express Programme and (b) Thameslink Rolling Stock procurements.

  • Cabinet Office

    • British Sky Broadcasting

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much his Department has spent on subscriptions to Sky TV since May 2010.

    • Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what guidance his Department provides to local authorities on the effect of procurement policy in relation to small and medium-sized enterprises on the...

      Employment: Birmingham

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of lower skilled jobs at Levels One and Two available in Birmingham, Ladywood on 1 September in each year from...

      Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether he has any plans to appoint a Minister within his Department with responsibility for the welfare of current and former military personnel.

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the (a) transaction date, (b) transaction amount and (c) supplier was of each transaction undertaken by the Central Office of Information using the...

      Mystery Shopper Complaints Scheme

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office in respect of which contracts complaints have been submitted through the mystery shopper complaints scheme; which complaints (a) were investigated, (b)...

      Non-departmental Public Bodies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many new non-departmental public bodies have been established since May 2010.

      Public Sector: Procurement

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

      Sick Leave: Civil Service

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what information he holds on the number of days of sickness absence in the civil service on average per employee in (a) 2009 and (b) 2010.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) how many full-time equivalent staff in each pay band in his Department are working on policy on Lord Leveson's inquiry...

    • Football Governance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when he plans to publish the Government's response to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee's Seventh Report of the...

      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...

      National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether he has any statutory powers of direction in respect of use of Big Lottery funds.

      Olympic Games 2012: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what information his Department holds on the number of tickets sold for the London 2012 Olympic Games by parliamentary...

      Telephone Calls: Unsolicited Goods and Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what representations he has received on nuisance and repeat sales calls to commercial numbers; whether he plans to take steps...

      Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what progress has been made on launching local television stations; and if he will make a statement. [R]

      Television: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether he has considered the merits of lowering to 65 the age at which individuals are eligible for free TV licence.

      Tourism: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what plans his Department has to provide information on attractions (a) in Cumbria and (b) nationally during the London 2012...

  • Justice

    • Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of those charged as a result of the August 2011 public disorder who have previously (a) served a custodial...

    • Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were charged with the offence of rioting under section one of the Public Order Act 1986, in each of the last three years.

      Contingent Fee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the effects of implementing his proposals on reform of contingent fee arrangements on access to justice for individuals in...

      Government Procurement Card

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

      Homicide: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward legislative proposals to update Schedule 21 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 to require judges to sentence individuals found...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people have been convicted of offences under section 71 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 for holding someone in slavery or servitude...

      Prisoners: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will conduct a study involving (a) all prisons or (b) more than one prison to ascertain how many former military personnel are in the prison system.

      Remand In Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to the public purse was of the production of pre-sentence reports for courts in each of the last three years.

      Sexual Offences: Prisoners’ Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of those convicted of (a) sexual offences involving children, (b) rape and (c) murder have been granted unsupervised day release from (i) prison...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assistance his Department provides to the Commonwealth Business Council; and if he will make a statement.

    • Banks: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on competition within the banking sector; (2) what...

      Banks: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on competition within the banking sector.

      Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will respond to the findings of the British Chambers of Commerce Workforce Survey—Micro Businesses.

      Business Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which businesses and business groups his Department has consulted on (a) the effectiveness of Business Link to date and (b)...

      Business: Bank Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the level of competition in the provision of banking services for small businesses.

      Business: Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many applications his Department has received for the High Street Support Scheme to date.

      Business: Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has had discussions with representatives of the British Bankers Association on steps to ensure that small businesses...

      Business: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what representations he has received from business organisations on the immigration cap since 1 June 2011.

      Business: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 5 July 2011, Official Report, column 1192W, on business: industrial health and safety, what assessment...

      Business: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on how many occasions he has met the Federation of Small Businesses to discuss affordable bank finance.

      Business: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of small businesses applied for bank finance in each month since January 2011.

      Business: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many times he has met representatives of the Federation of Small Businesses to discuss affordable bank finance for small...

      Business: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the level of competition in the banking sector in respect of financing for small businesses.

      Business: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what information his Department holds on the proportion of small businesses that had their applications for finance to a bank...

      Business: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to enhance the long-term viability of town centres.

      Businesses: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what information and advice on fraud awareness and prevention (a) is provided to start-up businesses via the current Business...

      Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the cost of the public disorder in August 2011 to businesses in the London Borough of Southwark.

      Departmental Air Travel

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

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the (a) date, (b) location, (c) number of attendees and (d) cost to the public purse was for each (i) away day and (ii) team...

      Employment: Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the number of jobs (a) created and (b) safeguarded by foreign direct investment from...

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 14 July 2011, Official Report, column 494W, on inward investment, how much inward investment has been...

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 14 July 2011, Official Report, column 494W, on inward investment, what plans his Department has to...

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to encourage inward investment from Australia and New Zealand.

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what information his Department holds on the dates of any discussions between UK Trade and Investment and the office of the First...

      Higher Education: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many young people resident in the City of York started a degree course in (a) 1996, (b) 2005, (c) 2009 and (d) the latest...

      Higher Education: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding per (a) undergraduate and (b) postgraduate student his Department has allocated to (i) the University of York...

      Housing: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the size of the informal economy in the residential repair, maintenance and improvement sector.

      Ibm

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many contracts his Department holds with IBM; and what the (a) purpose and (b) monetary value of each such contract is.

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he plans to take to reduce the number of business insolvencies.

      Investment: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to stimulate private sector investment in Coventry.

      Job Creation: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of jobs created in the private sector in each quarter of the last three years.

      Manufacturing Industries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will discuss with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change the viability of investment in the UK manufacturing...

      Mature Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will list the 30 universities or higher education institutions with the highest (a) proportion and (b) number of mature...

      Medical Research Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what priority the Medical Research Council gives to research into neurological conditions.

      Medical Research Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what priority the Medical Research Council gives to research into long-term conditions.

      Medical Research Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what role his Department has in setting research priorities for the Medical Research Council.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of progress on the development and introduction of a universal charger for mobile...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of progress towards a standard charger for mobile telephones.

      Nuclear Fusion: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent research his Department has (a) undertaken and (b) evaluated into cold fusion devices.

      Nuclear Power: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much has been spent on nuclear research and development by the research councils since May 2010.

      Office for Life Sciences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the Office of Life Sciences will cover all life sciences industries, including the agricultural and industrial...

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will list the 30 universities or higher education institutions with the highest (a) proportion and (b) number of students...

      Overseas Trade: Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he plans to take to encourage trade and investment between the UK and Libya.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding he plans to assign to ensuring that businesses understand the implications of proposed pension changes to be...

      Renewable Energy: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much has been spent on renewable energy research and development by the research councils since May 2010.

      Resolving Workplace Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when his Department plans to publish (a) the responses to its Resolving Workplace Disputes consultation and (b) its response to...

      Resource Accounting and Budgeting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 6 September 2011, how many representations he has received on the Government's estimate of the Resource...

      Retail Trade: Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to prevent Jersey-based internet retail companies having a significant advantage over high-street shops...

      Rolling Stock: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what assessment his Department has made of future prospects for the train building supply chain in the East Midlands; (2)...

      Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when his Department's chief scientific adviser left his post; when he expects his replacement to be appointed; and by what means...

      Small Businesses: Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to support businesses whose earnings have been reduced as a result of the August 2011 public disorder.

      South East England Development Agency: Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many jobs the South East England Development Agency has created since its inception.

      Southern Cross Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department has provided assistance to directors of adult social services to ensure that new operators of former...

      Student Numbers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will list the 30 universities or higher education institutions with the highest (a) proportion and (b) number of...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of people taking out student loans he estimates will repay (a) the whole amount and (b) a partial amount.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the criteria used by the Student Loans Company to determine whether a student seeking...

      Technology: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much expenditure his Department incurred in developing the Tech City website.

      Thameslink: Siemens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what work the Economic Response Task Force has undertaken as a result of the award of the Thameslink contract to Siemens.

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will take steps to record the originating location of inquiries made to UK Trade and Investment.

      Universities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people resident in Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency applied to enter university in each of the last five academic...

      Veterinary Medicine: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the amount of time allocated to teaching related to exotic animals in Government...

  • House of Lords

    • Assisted Dying

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether it remains their policy to oppose the legalisation of euthanasia.

    • Aviation: Passenger Duty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the current review of the air passenger duty will take into account the level of United Kingdom air passenger duty compared to levels in the rest of the...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether HM Treasury or the Financial Services Authority will consider reviewing the definition of eligible assets for the purpose of calculating bank liquidity...

      Banking: Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Financial Services Authority expects to publish its report on the failure of HBOS.

      Broadcasting: S4C

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that the S4C Authority and its management team are wholly independent of the BBC Trust once S4C is funded by the BBC licence...

      Broadcasting: S4C

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether S4C will continue to report annually to Parliament for all its services, regardless of future funding arrangements.

      Broadcasting: Welsh Language

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that adequate funding for Welsh language television will continue beyond the period covered by the Spending Review 2010.

      Commonwealth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 11 August (WA 392), whether the undertaking that "The Government would consult fully before making...

      Energy: Biofuels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to introducing financial incentives to encourage the use of bioliquid made from waste cooking oil and kerosene for supplying...

      Energy: Renewables

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 7 September (Official Report, col. GC 81) concerning the 140 gigawatts of electricity-generating capacity...

      Eurozone

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the effects on United Kingdom trade in the event of the economic and monetary policies of the eurozone countries being centrally...

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken to ensure standardisation of specialist female genital mutilation services across the United Kingdom. To ask Her Majesty's Government...

      Finance: Equity Markets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the contribution of high frequency trading and algorithmic trading in enabling the practice of laddering in equity markets and...

      Finance: Settlement Failures

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Financial Services Authority or the Bank of England monitor settlement fails as an indicator of stress levels in the financial system.

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 19 July (WA 266), whether they will now seek information on the extent of individual daily variations in water...

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 14 July (WA 202), how the ethical requirement for individual informed consent as set out by the Medicines and...

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 7 February (WA 17-18) and 17 May (WA 300), whether the website of the former National Fluoride Information Centre...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what aid they have provided directly or indirectly to the representatives of the people in Gaza following the invasion by Israel in 2009 and the subsequent...

      Higher Education: Student Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the current rate for the repayment of student loans was agreed, what was the estimated retail price index at that time; and whether there are proposals to...

      Higher Education: Student Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether outstanding student debts will be written off when a mature student reaches retirement age.

      Higher Education: Tuition Fees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the funding of university tuition fees for, and repayment of loans by, mature students taking first degrees varies from that which applies to other students.

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the Government of Israel following the arrest of Mr Hasan Yusuf, an elected member of the Palestine Legislative Council;...

      Kenya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support, if any, they are providing in refugee camps in Kenya to enable Somali refugees to earn some income.

      Presumed Deaths

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications to the High Court for orders relating to presumed deaths have been made over the past three years. To ask Her Majesty's Government how many...

      Probate

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications were made for a leave to swear death order pursuant to Rule 53 of the Non-Contentious Probate Rules 1987, in each of the past three years;...

      Shipping: Rescue Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what charges are made for (a) rescuing non-British nationals from the seas inside United Kingdom territorial waters, and (b) rescuing British nationals outside...

      Shipping: THV "Patricia"

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total cost of the Trinity House Vessel Patricia travelling to the Isles of Scilly and attending on the recent Royal Visit.

      Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to trial megatrucks in the United Kingdom; and, if so, when and where.

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional personnel and finance resources they will allocate to priority markets identified in UK Trade and Investment's five-year strategy Britain Open for...

      Unemployment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many students who graduated from university in 2010 remained unemployed in June 2011 despite having sought work; and what are the projections for the success...

      Wales: Public Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the difference between the amount of public expenditure in Wales in 2009-10, and the amount raised by taxation on the Principality in...

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