Written answers

Monday, 3 October 2011

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to the public purse was of the visit of (a) the hon. Member for Bournemouth East, (b) (i) officials and (ii) special advisers of his...

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of Afghan Village Stability Operations; and what support his Department has provided to such...

      Afghanistan: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the Afghan Local Police Programme; and what support his Department has provided to this...

      Armed Forces: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what provision he has made to tackle domestic violence in the homes of veterans returning from combat zones.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      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...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Challenger main battle tanks are held in long-term storage in (a) the UK and (b) Germany.

      Baha Mousa Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to his oral statement of 8 September 2011, on the Baha Mousa inquiry, whether he is satisfied that his Department has the legal powers necessary...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) regular military, (b) Territorial Army and other part-time military and (c) civilian personnel were employed by his Department in (i) total,...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people at each (a) rank and (b) grade there are in his Department's Communications Department.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many contracts issued by (a) his Department and (b) agencies for which he is responsible were awarded to small and medium-sized enterprises in (i)...

      Departmental 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,...

      Departmental 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 implementing changes to...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the his Department's business plan 2011-15, how much is projected to be saved in (a) Resource DEL, (b) Capital DEL, (c)...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

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

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on recruitment advertising for civil service posts since May 2010.

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the (a) lowest and (b) highest redundancy payment was made to a civil servant in his Department since May 2010; (2) what the largest lump sum...

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on redundancy payments for its civil servants since May 2010.

      Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether armed services personnel receive advice on drug or alcohol use prior to leaving the armed forces.

      Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether former armed services personnel routinely receive a resettlement assessment during the first six months after leaving the armed forces.

      Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether armed services personnel routinely undergo a psychological assessment immediately prior to leaving the armed forces.

      Ex-servicemen: Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when his Department plans to publish the health audit of nuclear test veterans carried out by Miles and Green Associates.

      Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 19 July 2011, Official Report, column 867W, on medals, for what reason the chairman and secretary are the only members of the...

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when the (a) Dreghorn and (b) Redford Barracks will close; (2) which buildings at (a) Dreghorn and (b) Redford Barracks are listed buildings; (3)...

      RAF Leuchars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effect on the cost effectiveness of Typhoon sorties of proximity to a diversion airfield at (a) RAF Leuchars and (b)...

      RAF Leuchars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 5 September 2011, Official Report, column 76W, on Air Force: military bases, what estimate he has made of the training value...

      RAF Leuchars: European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what items of mission-specific Typhoon infrastructure have been installed at RAF Leuchars; and how much each such item cost.

      Reserve Forces: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many tax-free bounties were awarded to reservists in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Northern Ireland and (d) Wales in each of the last five years.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many dog wardens are employed in England and Wales by each local authority.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the robustness of quality assessment measures covering apprenticeships lasting six months or less.

    • Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what financial assistance is available to small colleges for the purposes of attaining accreditation by the Quality Assurance...

      Inward Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps his Department has taken to encourage global business to invest in the UK.

      Learning and Skills Council: Government Procurement Card

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

  • Transport

    • Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had on improving the regulation of aviation.

    • Aviation: EU Emissions Trading Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the potential additional costs to passengers of the inclusion of aviation in the EU Emissions Trading System.

      Aviation: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what studies his Department has undertaken into the effects on human health of emissions from commercial aeroplanes.

      Aviation: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with the Civil Aviation Authority on the Notice of Proposed Amendment on Flight Time Limitations.

      Aviation: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions his Department has had with the US Federal Aviation Administration on the issue of pilot fatigue.

      Aviation: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the role of his Department is in establishing new flight time limitations for pilots; and if he will make a statement.

      Aviation: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects new European flight time limitations for pilots to come into force.

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the Government plans to bring forward legislative proposals to permit the use of concessionary bus passes on community transport services.

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment has been made of the effects of the withdrawal of the coach concessionary travel scheme on (a) passenger numbers and (b) coach services.

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effect on the (a) number of coach services available and (b) the cost of coach fares of withdrawal of the coach...

      Coaches: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with coach operating companies on the future of coach services for elderly people; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people have been (a) recruited and (b) made redundant from (i) his Department and (ii) each non-departmental body for which he is responsible...

      Driving: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps his Department is taking to deter drivers from using mobile phones while driving.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many electric vehicles he estimates that there will be in the UK vehicle parc by 2020.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent progress he has made in implementing the Plugged In Places programme.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for the future of the annual air traffic movements limit at Heathrow Airport.

      High Speed Two

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his policy is on a direct link to Heathrow airport as part of the proposed High Speed 2 scheme.

      Motor Vehicles: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to his Department's document, Road Vehicle Emission Factors 2009, what the (a) laden and (b) unladen full emissions profile per mile is...

      Motor Vehicles: Petrol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance his Department issues on and what other support it provides for the development of vehicles capable of replacing petrol and diesel fleet...

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he has made a recent assessment of the requirement for a consumer champion for users of the rail network; and if he will make a statement.

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had on steps to increase the commercial revenue earned by Network Rail.

      Network Rail: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received on the proportion of compensation paid by Network Rail to train operating companies that reaches rail passengers...

      Parking: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether his Department has considered developing a non-statutory ombudsman-type complaint system for parking on private land.

      Public Transport: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to bring forward proposals to amend the legislation governing the provision of concessionary travel passes by local authorities.

      Public Transport: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate his Department has made of the number of people who applied for and received a concessionary travel pass but never used it in the latest...

      Public Transport: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the likely effects of altering concessionary fare legislation to diversify funding options available to local transport...

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the environmental impact of the proposed increases in rail fares.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations he has received on increases in rail fares.

      Railways: Somerset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will take steps to secure the future of the ticket offices at (a) Yeovil Pen Mill, (b) Crewkerne and (c) Yeovil Junction rail station; and if he...

      Railways: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what decisions his Department has made on the recommendations in the McNulty report on closure of 675 railway ticket offices.

      Railways: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) open full, (b) average and (c) lowest advance purchase fare available to the general public was for rail travel between York and London in...

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he is taking to make utilities more accountable for interruptions to traffic attributable to their streetworks.

      South East Airports Taskforce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 14 July 2011, Official Report, column 55WS, on the South East Airports Taskforce, what recent...

      South East Airports Taskforce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 14 July 2011, Official Report, column 55WS, on the South East Airports Taskforce, (1) when he plans...

      Thameslink Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many carriages will be delivered by the Thameslink programme in each year of the programme.

      Thameslink Railway Line: Rolling Stock

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

      Thameslink Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of correspondence between his Department and the Prime Minister's Office on the Thameslink Rolling Stock...

      Thameslink Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will place in the Library a copy of each item of legal advice sought and received by his Department in respect of the review of the Thameslink...

      Thameslink Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of the note of each meeting between Ministers and officials of his Department and representatives of (a)...

      Thameslink Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what his Department plans to spend on rail procurement consultants in (a) 2011, (b) 2012 and (c) 2013; and how much his Department expects to spend on...

      Tilbury Town Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects work to commence at Tilbury Town station under the Access for All scheme.

      Transport Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when (a) he and (b) other representatives of his Department last met representatives of Transport Scotland.

      Transport: York

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much local transport grant his Department has allocated to the city of York unitary council in each year since its creation; and what criteria are...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect of a reduction in resources for Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency...

    • Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what financial support her Department will provide to the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency for its...

      Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect on testing for bovine tuberculosis of a reduction in resources for Animal Health...

      Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of compulsory redundancies in each Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency...

      Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much redundancies in Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency regional centres will cost in each of the next four...

      Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with her EU counterparts on the development of animal health legislation.

      Biofuels: Grasslands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her Department's policy is on the application of the EU Renewable Energy Directive to the production of biofuels crops...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she plans to take to comply with the Bern Convention in implementing the badger cull.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to her oral statement of 19 July 2011, Official Report, columns 811-24, on bovine tuberculosis, what mechanism she...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what investigations her Department has undertaken into the use of cattle ear tags to evade bovine TB controls.

      Dairy Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment her Department has made of the financial viability of (a) intensive indoor dairy farms and (b)...

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to improve measures to tackle dangerous dogs.

      Dogs: Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on dog-breeders microchipping all their animals; and if she will make a statement.

      Equine Animals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make it her policy to ban the hot branding of equine animals.

      Farming

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Thirsk and Malton of 23 May 2011, Official Report, column 371W, on farming,...

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the effect of financial speculation in commodity derivative markets on food security;...

      Forests: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will discuss with her counterparts in (a) South Africa and (b) Colombia the effects on levels of forestation and water...

      Land: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much revenue her Department expects to raise from the proposed introduction of charges for the registration of land as a...

      Land: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information her Department holds on the number of applications made for the registration of land as a town or village...

      Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 11 August 2011, Official Report, column 1173W, on materials, what timetable she has set for the...

      National Planning Policy Framework

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many officials in her Department worked on the draft of the national planning policy framework produced by the...

      Ouse Washes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment her Department has made of the other habitat creation projects in the fens in consideration of the need...

      Slaughterhouses: CCTV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will amend the Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Regulations 1995 to make CCTV mandatory in all...

      Sugar Beet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make an assessment of the effects of ending EU production quotas in 2016 on (a) the price of sugar beet and (b)...

      Wildlife: Circuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she plans to take in response to the Resolution of the House of 23 June 2011 on wild animals in circuses.

      Wildlife: Circuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 20 July 2011, Official Report, column 1085W, on wildlife: circuses, what legal difficulties are...

  • Health

    • Diabetes: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of children aged under 16 who were diagnosed with (a) type one and (b) type two diabetes in the Bexley Primary...

    • Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment his Department has made of the (a) efficacy and (b) cost of mindfulness-based therapies in treating (a) attention deficit disorder,...

      Mental Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information he holds on the incidence of (a) self harming, (b) eating disorders and (c) mental illness among (i) boys and (ii) girls in each of the...

      Mental Health: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department provides to local authorities on steps to reduce isolation, loneliness and fear amongst people in later life.

      Pancreatic Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve survival rates amongst those suffering from pancreatic cancer.

      Patient Choice Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health to what extent GPs will be able to adopt and/or develop Choose and Book procedures following the implementation of the provisions of the Health and Social...

  • House of Lords

    • Alcohol: Labelling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last had discussions with the food and drink manufacturing industries about adding information on calorie contents to the labels of alcoholic drinks; and...

    • Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the advantages of European Union accession to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) over the existing World Trade...

      Armed Forces: Atomic Test Veterans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the audit commissioned by the Ministry of Defence into the health needs of atomic test veterans; what conclusions they have drawn from it;...

      Armed Forces: Medals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 19 July (WA 265), whether they have any plans to follow the Government of Australia in setting up an...

      Armed Forces: Medals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there has been any progress on the issuance of the Arctic Star for those merchant seamen who saw service in the Arctic in the Second World War.

      Armed Forces: Nuclear Tests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what scientific research the Ministry of Defence has funded on the effects of ionising radiation.

      Armed Forces: RAF Reserves

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether qualified former members of the Royal Air Force, who are fit and healthy but have HIV, are able to join the RAF Reserves.

      Armed Forces: Rowland Study

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Rowland study of nuclear test veterans from the Royal New Zealand Navy.

      Armed Forces: Suicide

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the suicide rate in the Armed Forces compared to the civilian population.

      Bank of England: Financial Policy Committee

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 13 July (WA 174-5), whether the independent members of the Bank of England's Financial Policy Committee (FPC) are...

      Bank of England: Financial Policy Committee

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Bank of England's current Financial Policy Committee (FPC) can require the Financial Services Authority to disclose information about regulatory...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are monitoring the financial strength of United Kingdom regulated banks offering Sharia-compliant accounts with high annualised rates of return.

      Banking: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they or the Financial Services Authority (FSA) are collecting data on the extent of bonus claw-backs carried out by United Kingdom banks; and, in...

      Belfast Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Shutt of Greetland on 4 July (WA 3) concerning the human rights of British citizens living in the Republic of Ireland, why...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, for an old age pensioner, what are the (a) living allowances per week, (b) living allowance per week for a spouse, and (c) weekly hardship allowance.

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what would be the impact on the numbers affected by the proposed overall benefits cap if (a) carer's allowance, and (b) financial help with childcare costs, were...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to Macmillan Cancer Support's estimate that their proposals to limit contributory employment and support allowance (ESA) to 12 months will...

      Churchill Medical Centre

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Churchill Medical Centre has deregistered 48 patients from a local care home, some with dementia and others severely mentally disabled.

      Companies House: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have to ensure that Companies House is provided with legal powers to verify the accuracy of information submitted by companies, with a view to...

      Consular Death Certificates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many consular death certificates in respect of United Kingdom citizens dying abroad were (a) applied for, and (b) granted over the past three years.

      Copyright

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what evidence was considered in the preparation of Supporting Document EE attached to the Government's response to the Hargreaves report on copyright, Economic...

      Coroners' Inquests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many coroners' inquests have been held over the past three years under the provisions of Section 15 of the Coroners Act 1988.

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 9 March 2009 (WA 204-05), from what point is an entity created by nuclear transfer considered to be...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what provision is made by UK DonorLink to assist people born before August 1991 in tracing their biological parents and half siblings; and whether public...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the number of mistakes in IVF treatment has more than trebled in the United Kingdom over the past three years; and how many human embryos have been lost as a...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 23 June 2010 (WA 182-3) regarding the use of human oocytes in research projects, whether the Human Fertilisation and...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 5 July 2010 (WA 12), regarding concerns raised by one of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority's peer...

      Employment: Agency Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what qualifying period they propose under Article 5(4) of the EU agency workers directive before which agency workers would not be entitled to equal treatment; how...

      Energy: Biofuels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to support the use of sustainable biodiesel produced from waste products, such as used cooking oil, beyond April 2012.

      Energy: Renewables

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many and what percentage of schools have renewable energy generated on site, broken down by type of energy generated and by county.

      Energy: Renewables

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many and what percentage of hospital sites have renewable energy generated on site, broken down by type of energy generated and by county.

      Female Genital Mutilation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will support projects enabling schoolgirls to make films about female genital mutilation, in order to raise awareness of the subject in schools.

      Finance: Clearing Houses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the consequences for financial system stability of any change of control or ownership of LCH Clearnet.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to help the Hamas Government in Gaza prevent action by militants.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the ability of the Hamas Government in Gaza to maintain security in the region.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel concerning fishing limits off the coast of Gaza.

      Gulf War Illnesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many veterans of the 1991 Gulf conflict have been awarded a war pension on the grounds of suffering from Gulf War illness.

      Gulf War Illnesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many veterans of the 1991 Gulf conflict self-administered Pyridostigmine Bromide; and how many suffered adverse side-effects as a result.

      Health Professions Council

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Health Professions Council is recruiting social workers to its employment before the Health and Social Care Bill has been enacted. To ask Her Majesty's...

      Health Protection Agency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have regarding the future status of the Health Protection Agency.

      Health: Alcoholism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether an assessment has been made of the likelihood of rehabilitation of chronic alcoholics; whether research is planned to establish whether benefits above the...

      Health: Contaminated Blood Products

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what provision is being made for widows and dependants of NHS patients infected by contaminated blood to apply to the Skipton Fund when they are unable to access...

      Health: Contaminated Blood Products

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the criteria for qualification for the Skipton stage 2 (additional) payment for NHS patients infected by contaminated blood and their families.

      Health: Contaminated Blood Products

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements are in place for the individuals infected with hepatitis C by contaminated blood products and their families living in Northern Ireland, Scotland...

      Health: HIV

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the report of the Select Committee on HIV and Aids in the United Kingdom (HL Paper 118), whether they will commit to retaining the later HIV...

      Health: Medical Research

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Drayson on 4 November 2009 (WA 60) and by Baroness Wilcox on 31 January 2011 (WA 219-20), what were the specific outcomes...

      Health: Obesity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will take steps to give appropriate guidance to the public on how personal lifestyle can reduce obesity.

      Health: Obesity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they expect general practitioners to take the initiative in advising obese patients on how and why they should lose weight, even if the patient has not...

      Health: Obesity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will commission surveys to establish any correlation between obesity and age, socio-economic grouping, area of residence and occupation in England and...

      Higher Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, for the latest year available, how many adults aged 24 and over in England funded by the Skills Funding Agency were enrolled on (a) Level 3 courses, and (b) Level...

      Higher Education: Student Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what will be the maximum amount a student from the least affluent background studying for a three-year course at a university charging the maximum permitted level...

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what land has been transferred or sold by the Homes and Communities Agency in Lancashire in 2010-11.

      Homes and Communities Agency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when was the report by the Homes and Communities Agency regarding the future of Cuerden Valley Park Trust received by the Secretary of State for Communities and...

      House of Lords Reform Bill [HL]

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated cost of an election to the House of Lords under the single transferable vote as provided for in the draft House of Lords Reform Bill.

      House of Lords: Reform

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which Ministers in the House of Commons and the House of Lords are responsible for House of Lords reform; and which Minister has overall responsibility.

      Identity Security: Iris Recognition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government by what date it is expected that the UK Border Agency will have fully implemented the Iris Recognition System; and what is the total expenditure to date on the...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 5 September (HL11493), what was (a) the overall cost to public funds in 2010-11 of supporting illegal immigrants in...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether illegal immigrants receive any living allowances in the United Kingdom; and, if so, how much.

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure that the security staff employed by G4S to escort immigration detainees out of the United Kingdom are monitored by the UK...

      Indonesia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last made representations to the Ggovernment of Indonesia concerning religious freedom; and in particular whether they have received responses about the...

      Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their position regarding current military activity by Iran and Turkey in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel concerning the fair and equal treatment of Israeli Arabs.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel regarding the release of the three members of parliament sheltering in the Red Cross Headquarters...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the United Nations Report of the Secretary-General's Panel of Inquiry on the 31 May 2010 Flotilla incident, published in September, and...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to support the drafting of a consensus United Nations resolution to provide a framework for a final settlement between Israel and Palestine.

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to support negotiations between Israel and Palestine; and whether they are giving special attention to the possible effects of...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will support the creation of a seat at the United Nations for Palestine; and what assessment they have made of the impact of such a development on...

      Justice: Legal Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their reasons for deciding not to opt into the European Union Directive on Access to a Lawyer in Criminal Proceedings and on the Right to Communicate upon...

      Kenya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 11 August (WA 432), whether records have been retained regarding the number of people hanged in Kenya...

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will take steps to unfreeze Libyan assets for use by the Transitional National Council; and in particular, how they expect that necessary imports of...

      Middle East Peace Process

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making within the European Union to work with other member states to utilise the collective financial strength of the European Union...

      NHS: Clinical Indemnity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 11 August (WA 369), on what date they will publish the proposals to enable non-NHS bodies to take up NHS clinical...

      NHS: Independent Providers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether independent providers of NHS services will be public authorities within the meaning of paragraphs 43A and 44 of Schedule 1 to the Freedom of Information...

      NHS: Peterborough Primary Care Trust

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the dates of the public consultation on the East of England Strategic Health Authority's proposal to amalgamate the Peterborough and Cambridge Primary...

      NHS: Peterborough Primary Care Trust

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money the Peterborough Primary Care Trust contracted to pay to the Peterborough NHS Hospital Trust in each of the past five financial years; and how much...

      NHS: Peterborough Primary Care Trust

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the East of England Strategic Health Authority will formally consult the Peterborough Hospital NHS Trust about its intention to amalgamate the Peterborough...

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government from which consultancy firms they have commissioned work on re-organising the National Health Service since May 2010; what was the agreed fee for each consultancy...

      Northern Ireland Office: Consultants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consultants the Northern Ireland Office has employed in each of the last five years; for what purpose; at what cost; and when.

      Northern Ireland Office: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 5 September (WA 11), why Hilary Jackson, the director-general of the Northern Ireland Office (NIO),...

      Northern Ireland Office: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Shutt of Greetland on 2 September (WA 45) concerning staff in the Northern Ireland Office, at what age Hilary Jackson's...

      Northern Ireland Office: Taxis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what taxis were used by staff of the Northern Ireland Office on 15 July 2011; by whom; for what; and at what cost.

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the terms and conditions of appointment of Professor Michael O'Flaherty as chairman of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were interviewed for the position of Chairman of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; how the interviewers were selected; who selected...

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much time per year it is expected that Michael O'Flaherty, the new chairman of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, will spend at the United Nations...

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether it is the role of the chairman of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission to ensure that the legal team of the commission actively seeks complaints...

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they approved the reorganisation of senior posts in the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.

      Parliamentary Constituencies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken in consultation with the Boundary Commission to ensure that the proposed new constituency boundaries are made known to the local media...

      Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2011

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which provisions of the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2011 can take effect only after orders have been passed by both Houses of Parliament.

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many passports the Belfast Office issued in the first six months of this year.

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many annual Christmas bonuses were paid to those in receipt of the state pension, and at what administration cost, for the most recent period for which figures...

      Police: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many police staff hours are represented by the estimated £10 million policing costs of the Dale Farm evictions, and whether they will reconsider the...

      Presumed Deaths

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications for Benjamin orders have been made to the Chancery Division of the High Court over the past three years; and how many were granted.

      Prisons: Population

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prisoners in England and Wales are currently doubling up in cells designed for one occupant, or held three to a cell in cells designed for two.

      Public Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether differential credit ratings and credit worthiness gave any advantage to Siemens, as the preferred bidder, over Bombardier in the award of the Thameslink...

      Public Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they took to manage any potential conflict of interest for consultants working on the Thameslink rolling stock project who were also working for one or...

      Public Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are currently employed in train procurement at the Department for Transport; and how many of those employees have (a) engineering, (b) finance, (c)...

      Public Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the public procurement rules contained in the Utilities Contracts Regulations 2006 or the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 were used for letting the...

      Railways: European Train Management System

      To ask Her Majesty's Government from where the proposal to pilot the European Railway Transport Management System (ERTMS) originated; who took the final decision to pilot the ERTMS; and who took...

      Railways: European Train Management System

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what have been the total costs to date of (a) installing, and (b) operating and maintaining, the European Railway Transport Management System on the Cambrian Line.

      Railways: European Train Management System

      To ask Her Majesty's Government by how much the European Railway Transport Management System has reduced signal failures on the Cambrian Line.

      Railways: European Train Management System

      To ask Her Majesty's Government by how much the European Railway Transport Management System has improved punctuality on the Cambrian Line.

      Railways: European Train Management System

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether a cost-benefit analysis of the European Railway Transport Management System (ERTMS) pilot on the Cambrian Line has been undertaken; and what were the results.

      Railways: Thameslink

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the outcome of their technical risk assessment associated with the paper design on which the preferred bidder's tender for the Thameslink contract was based.

      Railways: Thameslink

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what would be the costs associated with the cancellation of the Thameslink contract.

      Railways: Thameslink

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the recent press reports that cancelling the Thameslink contract entirely would delay the award of the contract for new trains by up to three...

      Railways: Thameslink

      To ask Her Majesty's Government over what time period the calculation was based that the Siemens bid for the Thameslink contract offered best value for money to taxpayers; and what factors were...

      Railways: Train Design

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Shutt of Greetland on 5 September (WA 22-23), how the design and manufacture in Japan of the Hitachi trains for the...

      Retail: Mary Portas Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether a consultation document has been issued, or any public evidence sessions held, as part of the review of the United Kingdom's high street being carried out...

      Roads: Advertising Hoardings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to end the practice of private advertising hoardings being displayed on static vehicles parked on land adjacent to motorways and...

      Schools: Religion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Chief Inspector of Schools has not published a separate report on collective worship in schools since the report of 1992-93, and whether they will request...

      Schools: Transport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Hill of Oareford on 11 August (WA 476), what steps they are taking to ensure that maximum use is made of existing bus...

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 20 May 2008 (WA 186), whether they will publish in the same form the top rate of direct tax on personal...

      Taxation: Income Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Myners on 5 October 2009 (WA 407), what percentage of the respective populations of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern...

      Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to extend the maximum allowed length or cubic capacity of heavy goods vehicles in the United Kingdom.

      Transport: MoT Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to announce their consultation on the frequency of MoT studies of vehicles; and when it is expected to conclude.

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 5 September (WA 13), who were the other businessmen the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Mr...

      Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the exact quotation from Wikeley, Ogus and Barendt's The Law of Social Security, to which footnote 1 of Universal Credit Policy Briefing Note 2 refers in...

      Universities: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 11 August (WA 450-1), whether there are any legal reasons why university students from England and Wales who study...

      Airports: Security

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the average times for European Union (EU, European Economic Area (EEA) and non EU/EEA passengers to pass through UK Border Agency and HM Revenue and...

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what contingency plans they have made to enable conventional F35C aircraft to remain airborne in the event of blocked flight deck emergencies on their parent...

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what studies they have made of the possible effects of cat and trap operations from aircraft carriers upon the fatigue life of F35C aircraft.

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they have made for penalty clauses in the contracts to supply an electromagnetic catapult system for their proposed aircraft carriers in the...

      Armed Forces: Atomic Test Veterans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Freedom of Information requests the Ministry of Defence has received from atomic test veterans and their families; and how many have been responded to.

      Armed Forces: Atomic Test Veterans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money has been spent by the Ministry of Defence on litigation in relation to atomic test veterans.

      Armed Forces: Defence Estates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total value of the assets owned by Defence Estates that have been disposed of in each of the past five years. To ask Her Majesty's Government what...

      Armed Forces: Defence Estates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how often they have used consultants to advise on the disposal of assets owned by Defence Estates in the past five years; and what has been the cost.

      Armed Forces: Defence Estates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Defence Estates has entered any partnership arrangements to handle (a) the sale, and (b) the ongoing management, of assets in the past five years.

      Armed Forces: Defence Estates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Defence Estates has been asked to provide funding for the maintenance and improvement of service family accommodation and single living accommodation in...

      Armed Forces: Drumadd Barracks

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made with the proposed sale of Drumadd Barracks, Armagh City.

      Aviation: Passenger Duty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they propose to publish the response to the consultation process concerning air passenger duty.

      Bank of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who has responsibility for determining that an independent member of the Court of the Bank of England should be asked to stand down.

      Bank of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Bank of England is reviewing whether asset bubbles which might threaten financial stability are developing in the United Kingdom.

      Bank of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 12 September (WA 39), whether a decision to publish the minutes of the Court of the Bank of England is a matter...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many directors and senior employees of United Kingdom banks have been subject to enforcement action by the Financial Services Authority in each of the past...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether John Varley signed the Project Merlin agreement on behalf of HSBC Bank Plc or HSBC Holdings Plc.

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Financial Services Authority has considered the impact on United Kingdom banks of a possible withdrawal from the European Union by the Republic of...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Ministers or officials have met representatives of the credit rating agencies Fitch, Moody's or Standard and Poor's individually or collectively to discuss...

      Banking: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what instructions they have issued to UK Financial Investments Ltd concerning the payments of bonuses to bank staff.

      Banking: Equity Underwriting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 12 September ((Official Report, Commons, col. 776), whether they will address the "uncompetitive"...

      Banking: Money Supply

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have assessed the stagnation of the velocity of circulation of money supply; and what steps they plan to take.

      Banks: First Trust Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 11 August (WA 387) concerning control of the First Trust Bank, whether the Financial Services Authority approved...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that individuals not guilty of any offence will not suffer eviction from social housing or lose benefits.

      Benefits: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken in response to The Hardest Hit march past both Houses of Parliament on 11 May of campaigners against cuts in disability benefits.

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they propose to discuss with the United States State Department the terms on which they would be prepared to renew the Exchange of Letters (due in 2016)...

      Coroners and Justice Act 2009

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many convictions there have been to date under Section 71 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 specifically for holding someone in domestic servitude.

      Crime: Rioting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether those using the internet to encourage rioting and similar activities may be prosecuted for incitement to violence and crime; and whether they consider it...

      Criminal Justice Legislation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will give effect to the recommendation by the Court of Appeal Criminal Division in Regina v Cooper [2011] EWCA Crim 1872 on improving the process by...

      Debt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their forecasts for the improvement in the external surplus if both they and the private sector are to reduce debt.

      Economy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the report of the Institute of Fiscal Studies, The Effect of theGreat Recession in the Household Income...

      Economy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the report of the Institute of Fiscal Studies, The Effect of theGreat Recession in the Household Income...

      Economy: Quantitative Easing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will instruct the Bank of England to publish a report on the effect of quantitative easing before they agree to indemnify the Bank for a further programme.

      Energy: Fuel Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the impact on fuel poverty of the forecast £6 billion per annum subsidy to renewable electricity production required to meet...

      Energy: Nuclear Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support the new Nuclear Safety Action Plan put forward by the International Atomic Energy Agency, agreed by its board of governors on 13 September;...

      Energy: Oil and Gas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether production and revenue arising from proposed oil and gas exploration in the Mediterranean south of Cyprus will be the property of all the people of Cyprus...

      EU: Legislation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support an appeal by the Council of Ministers of the European Union to the European Court of Justice to overturn the General Court's ruling of 22...

      European Court of Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have complied with Recommendation No. (2000)2 of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on the re-examination or reopening of certain...

      European Institute for Gender Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 7 September (WA 31), what is their assessment of the benefits to the United Kingdom and its people of the work...

      Finance: Clearing Houses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the ability of LCH Clearnet unilaterally to set margin requirements and specify "value hair cuts" and the risks so posed to financial...

      Finance: Equity Markets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made an assessment of the "cliff edge" volume discounts offered by equity market trading platforms that may promote the creation of false markets.

      Finance: Investors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 11 August (WA 402) and following the case of United States v Michael Geraud, what steps have been taken by the...

      Finance: Lending

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to set up a state bank or lending authority to meet the needs of small and medium-sized businesses, as recently suggested by Adam Posen of...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who monitors the activities of the Freedom of Information Commissioner; and how many complaints that person or body has dealt with in the past five years.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last discussed with the Government of Israel, and with what result, (a) the ability of the crossing-points into Gaza to deal with the imports and exports...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last discussed with the Government of Israel, and with what result, the provision of clean water supplies in Gaza and the alleged diversion of some...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last discussed with the Government of Israel, and with what result, the ban on imports of radiotherapy drugs for cancer patients in Gaza; and whether...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last discussed with the Government of Israel, and with what result, the number of children of school age in Gaza without school places; and whether they...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last discussed with the Government of Israel, and with what result, the progress on the United Nations Relief and Works Agency's building programme, and...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last discussed with the Government of Israel, and with what result, restrictions on off-shore fishing in Gaza; and whether they will continue to make...

      Gilts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of historically low real and nominal rates of interest, whether they will instruct the Debt Management Office (DMO) to increase the rate of issuance...

      Global Competitiveness

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take in response to the Global Competitiveness Report for 2011-12 issued by the World Economic Forum, which indicates that the United Kingdom...

      Government Departments: Surveys

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 14 September (WA 67), whether they have the names of the people with whom Mori conducted interviews; and, if...

      Government: Ministerial Meetings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who were the businessmen who accompanied the Prime Minister on his recent visit to Moscow; and which companies they represented.

      Government: Ministerial Meetings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Ministers have met representatives of Vitol or Trafigura in connection with oil trading with Libya this year.

      Government: Ministerial Meetings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions took place between the Prime Minister and Russian leaders during his visit to Moscow about the disorder and reported human rights abuses in...

      Government: Ministerial Posts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to bring forward proposals to reduce the number of Ministers; and, if so, when.

      Gross Domestic Product

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) spent on defence in each year between 2001 and 2011; and, excluding predicted calls on the contingency...

      Gulf War Illnesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what current research they are funding into Gulf War illness; and when they expect that research to be concluded.

      Gurkhas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what year or years was or were selected for the comparison of Gurkha Pension Scheme pensions with Armed Forces Pension Scheme pensions in the calculation of...

      Health: Obesity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what role they believe that schools can play in helping obese children lose weight.

      Health: Reciprocal Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 11 August (WA 414), whether they will seek data from other European Union member states on the number of their...

      Higher Education: Tuition Fees

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

      House of Lords: Allowances

      To ask the Chairman of Committees whether measures are in place to ensure that where any payments of financial support, expenses or travel costs which have been made to any Member of the House of...

      House of Lords: September Sittings

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what has been the total additional cost to the House of sitting from Monday 5 September to Thursday 15 September. To ask the Chairman of Committees what...

      House of Lords: September Sittings

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what representations have been received from Members of the House of Lords on the sittings of the House in September.

      Human Rights Trust Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have contributed to the Human Rights Trust Fund.

      Independent Commission on Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Independent Commission on Banking has now been wound up.

      Independent Commission on Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the final report of the Independent Commission on Banking, whether they intend to introduce ring-fencing between United Kingdom insurance companies and...

      Independent Commission on Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the final report of the Independent Commission on Banking, whether they will sell their shares in Northern Rock to private equity or other...

      Independent Commission on Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the final report of the Independent Commission on Banking was leaked to the BBC; and, if so, whether they intend to investigate the leak.

      International Day of Democracy

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what activities were undertaken in the House of Lords to celebrate the International Day of Democracy 2011.

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote through internal and multilevel channels continued negotiations with the Government of Iran on the future nature of their...

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they propose to take, in the absence of direct negotiations, to help bring to an end the occupation by Israel of the West Bank and its blockade of Gaza.

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what date they recognised the Libyan Government of Colonel Gaddafi; and against what criteria this decision was taken.

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what date they recognised the Rebel Government of Libya; and against what criteria this decision was taken.

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will continue to pursue the Government of Libya for compensation for the IRA murders in Northern Ireland carried out with the use of arms and supplies...

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what role they have played in any renegotiation of the share of Libyan oil provided to the United Kingdom and other countries; and whether they will publish data...

      Mahmoud Abu Rideh

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 16 March (WA 61), what was the duty of confidentiality involved in the decision not to release details of the...

      Middle East Peace Process

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take within the quartet on the Middle East to produce a framework for Middle Eastern peace, with a timetable for implementation.

      Ministry of Defence: Police

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that the proposed cuts to the Ministry of Defence police budget will not impact on the level of community policing in defence...

      Muttahida Qaumi Movement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what response they have given to the letter of support by the Leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, Mr Altaf Hussain, of 23 September 2001.

      National Savings and Investments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to ensure retail investors are able to purchase inflation-protected savings products from National Savings and Investments.

      Nato

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether NATO has offered support, directly or indirectly, to the Pakistan Taliban or others engaged in conflict against the Pakistani armed forces; and whether...

      Northern Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many London-based meetings have (a) been requested and (b) taken place during each of the past three years between United Kingdom Government Ministers and the...

      Northern Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many meetings have (a) been requested and (b) taken place during each of the past three years between the Prime Minister or other United Kingdom Government...

      Northern Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what promises were made by the United Kingdom and European Union to Turkish Cypriots on condition that they voted in favour of the 2004 Annan Plan; and which, if...

      Northern Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what diplomatic arrangements they have with Northern Cyprus.

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Cabinet Office was satisfied that none of the staff in the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission expressed an interest in voluntary redundancy; and...

      Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are monitoring any dissident Pakistani political leaders based in London; whether they are aware of any such dissidents inciting and encouraging...

      Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the European Union and other partners in relation to the continuation of the provision of aid to Palestine, alongside trade and...

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many United Kingdom citizens hold a valid British passport.

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to take any action to respond to the number of pension saving plans being cancelled by those in the private sector on low and moderate earnings.

      Presumed Deaths

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications were made under Section 8 of the Social Security Act 1998, in relation to a person's missing spouse who is presumed to have died, in each of...

      Presumed Deaths

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications were made under Section 3 of the Social Security Administration Act 1992 to receive bereavement benefit in respect of a person whose death is...

      Prisoners: Sentences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are currently held in prisons in England and Wales whose sentences are for rest of life.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much public expenditure above agreed departmental budgets has been agreed by HM Treasury and taken from the Treasury reserve in the current financial year.

      Public Infrastructure: Investment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what public infrastructure investment yielded an economic return in excess of the Government's current long-term cost of capital.

      Republic of Ireland: Financial Support

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what conditions were attached to the funding that they provided to the Republic of Ireland as support in the recent financial crisis.

      Rome: British Embassies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Vatican concerning the creation of one embassy in Rome.

      Schools: A-Levels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of candidates achieved an A grade or A* grade at A level examinations in 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2010. To ask Her Majesty's Government...

      Schools: Music

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the budgetary provision for this year and the next two years for the Music and Dance Scheme enabling gifted children to attend specialist music boarding...

      Schools: Nurses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many school nurses are employed in (a) primary schools, and (b) secondary schools.

      Second World War: Pardons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Government of the Republic of Ireland concerning the pardoning of former members of the Irish army who were...

      Somalia and Kenya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they, or any international aid agencies, received a warning about the likelihood of drought and famine in Somalia and Kenya in 2010; and, if so, what steps...

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to support the training and strengthening of civil society in South Sudan as outlined in the South Sudan Development Plan 2011-13; and through...

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide direct budget support to the government health sector in South Sudan; and how they will ensure that current standards set up...

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will support the expansion of the United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs in South Sudan; and what improvements have been...

      State Recognition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria are applied in their recognition of a country concerning the land area claimed by that country.

      Student Loans Company

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the annual cost to public funds of the Student Loans Company.

      Student Loans Company

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial contributions were made to the Student Loans Company by the Scottish Government, the Welsh Assembly Government and the Northern Ireland Executive in...

      Student Loans Company

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the financial implications for the Student Loans Company of the decisions of the Scottish Government, Welsh Assembly Government and Northern Ireland...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to ensure unimpeded humanitarian access to South Kordofan and Blue Nile in Sudan.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to help facilitate credible mediation efforts between the National Congress Party and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement northern...

      Taxation: Income Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were, for the most recent years for which figures are available, the number of United Kingdom taxpayers whose personal taxable incomes exceeded (a)...

      Taxation: Income Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the estimated tax receipts by year of a top rate of income tax of (a) 40p, (b) 45p, and (c) 50p, for the next five years.

      Taxation: Income Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the cost to public revenue of raising the income tax threshold to £10,000.

      Treatment of Detainees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether it was their intention in setting up the detainee inquiry that it would be conducted in accordance with the United Kingdom's international obligations...

      Tunisia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they, or international institutions of which they are a member, are holding frozen Tunisian funds; if so, whether they are taking action to release them in...

      Uganda

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 19 July (WA 290), when the decision on United Kingdom budget support to Uganda for financial year 2011-12 will...

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of United Kingdom trade is with (a) countries in the eurozone, and (b) other countries in the European Union.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what pressure they are putting on the Government of Zimbabwe to end human rights abuses in the diamond sector and to hold perpetrators to account.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, as a member of the European Union backing sanctions against Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC), they are issuing warnings to importers not to...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what efforts they are making to introduce reforms of the Kimberley Process to improve the scheme's decision-making process, increase transparency and enhance...

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