Written answers

Monday, 17 October 2011

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of invoices from suppliers his Department paid within 10 days of receipt in July and August 2010.

    • Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what procedures his Department uses when engaging external consultants.

      Departmental Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many transport-related fines his Department and its predecessors has settled on behalf of its staff; and at what cost in each year since 2007.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department spent on new furnishings in the last year.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many external training courses staff of his Department attended in the last 12 months; and what the cost to the public purse was of each course.

  • Transport

    • Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects changes to the Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing scheme to be implemented.

    • Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the likely costs to travel businesses of implementing his proposals for changes to the Air Travel Organisers’...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what proportion of invoices from suppliers his Department paid within 10 days of receipt in July and August 2010.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what official (a) lunches, (b) dinners and (c) receptions he has hosted in each of the last 12 months; and what the (i) location, (ii) total cost to...

      Departmental Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the maintenance backlog was in his Department's estate in each of the last five years.

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many Government Procurement Card transactions were made by his Department's officials withdrawing cash from automated teller machines from 2006-07...

      London Paddington-Bristol Railway Line: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for the electrification of the rail line from London Paddington to Bristol; and if he will make a statement.

      Motor Vehicles: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effects on independent motorcycle repairers of the proposed EU Regulation on the type approval and market...

      Parking: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate he has made of the sums in outstanding parking fines owed to local authorities by drivers of foreign registered vehicles.

      Railways: Felixstowe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has for the electrification of the railroute from Felixstowe to Nuneaton; and if he will make a statement.

      Roads: Cyclists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to ensure adequate maintenance and improvement of cycleways and footways in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

      Roads: Gloucestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions he has had with the Highways Agency on the duration of the proposed closure of the A4019 on the approach to Junction 10 of the...

      Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether limits on the volume of train horns apply to train operating companies.

      Siemens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether any Siemens (a) employees and (b) consultants (i) hold and (ii) have held security passes allowing access to his Department in the last five years.

      Transport: Ashfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment his Department has made of the effects of the outcome of the comprehensive spending review on local transport services in (a) Ashfield...

  • Scotland

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the devolution of air passenger duty in Scotland following the announcement...

    • Child care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland on what date he last met the First Minister to discuss future provision of child care support in Scotland.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what proportion of invoices from suppliers his Department paid within 10 days of receipt in July and August 2010.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what (a) building and (b) refurbishment projects his Department plans in (i) the current and (ii) the next financial year; and what the cost will be of...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what procedures his Department uses when engaging external consultants.

      Departmental Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many transport-related fines his Department has settled on behalf of its staff; and at what cost in each year since 2007.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) full- and (b) part-time employees his Department employed in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department spent on hospitality for events hosted by each Minister in his Department in each of the last 12 months.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what contracts of a monetary value of (a) between £100,000 and £500,000, (b) between £500,000 and £1 million and (c) over £1...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department spent on new furnishings in the last year.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many external training courses staff of his Department attended in the last 12 months; and what the cost to the public purse was of each course.

      E-mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether any (a) Ministers, (b) officials and (c) special advisers in his Department use private e-mail accounts for the conduct of government business.

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many Government procurement card transactions were made by his Department’s officials withdrawing cash from automated teller machines from...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland on what date he last met the First Minister to discuss the ending of the social fund.

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many letters he has received on funding for civil society organisations within his Department's area of responsibility in each month since 1 June...

      Unemployment: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has had discussions with the Scottish Government on the rate of unemployment among female workers.

  • Leader of the House

    • Backbench Business Committee

      To ask the Leader of the House what consideration he has given to forwarding to the Backbench Business Committee for consideration for debate petitions presented to the Government with 100,000...

    • Email

      To ask the Leader of the House whether any (a) Ministers, (b) officials and (c) special advisers in his office use private e-mail accounts for the conduct of government business.

      Hillsborough Stadium

      To ask the Leader of the House what discussions he has had with the Prime Minister since his appointment on the unredacted release of the Hillsborough Cabinet minutes.

  • Wales

    • E-mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether any (a) Ministers, (b) officials and (c) special advisers in her Department use private e-mail accounts for the conduct of Government business.

    • Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many Government procurement card transactions were made by her Department’s officials withdrawing cash from automated teller machines from...

      Roads: A55

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the cost to the public purse was of the construction of the interchange between the A55 and A5104 at Broughton (junction 36 of the A55).

      Trade Union Activities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if she will have discussions with the Welsh Government on ending the practice of civil servants in Wales working full time on trade union activities.

  • Education

    • Nursery Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what progress he has made on extending free nursery education to disadvantaged two-year-olds.

    • National Curriculum: Primary Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent progress he has made on the review of the primary school national curriculum; and if he will make a statement.

      University Technical Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many university technical colleges he expects to open in 2012.

      Academies: Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether academy schools will have the same access to capital and maintenance funds for buildings as community schools when local authorities assess...

      Academies: Underperforming Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what progress he has made on encouraging academies to work with underperforming schools.

      School Milk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to increase the take-up of school milk.

      Capital Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how he plans to distribute capital funding for building projects to local education authorities.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the level of demand for places in the first round of free schools.

  • International Development

    • Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which travel management companies his Department uses for the purchase of airline tickets.

    • Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) contractual obligations and (b) other processes his Department uses in respect of travel management companies to ensure the...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what procedures his Department uses when engaging external consultants.

      Departmental Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the average hourly rate paid was to external (a) solicitors and (b) barristers engaged by his Department in 2010-11; what guidance...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will publish an organogram showing the (a) number and (b) job titles of his Department's staff in (i) England and Wales and (ii)...

      Departmental Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on newspapers, periodicals and trade profession magazines in 2010-11.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the cost of employing civil servants to undertake procurement for his Department in (a) 2008-09, (b)...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on new furnishings in the last year.

      Developing Countries: Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Heywood and Middleton of 6 July 2011, Official Report, column 1265W, on developing...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many Government Procurement Card transactions were made by his Department's officials withdrawing cash from automated teller...

      Horn of Africa: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures his Department is taking to improve the productivity and resilience of domestic agriculture in the Horn of Africa.

      India: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent work his Department has undertaken in Orissa, India; and if he will make a statement.

      India: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department's projects and programmes in India include the promotion of sustainable management of natural resources; and if...

      India: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will assess the effects of his Department's promotion of mineral-based industries in Orissa on the agricultural economy of the...

      India: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to help strengthen the capacity of the Indian Government to develop and implement pro-poor...

      Nigeria: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to support anti-corruption programmes in Nigeria.

      Nigeria: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress his Department has made in improving education provision in Nigeria through its programmes in that country.

      Nigeria: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans he has to use development assistance to encourage growth and investment in Nigeria.

      Papua: Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what steps he is taking to help (a) reduce malnourishment, (b) increase health standards and (c) reduce the prevalence of...

      Rwanda: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent reports he has received on the human rights situation in Rwanda.

      Rwanda: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what monitoring his Department applies to the use by the Government of Rwanda of overseas aid provided by the UK.

      Tax Havens

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with the Prime Minister on increasing transparency of international tax havens.

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many letters he has received on funding for civil society organisations within his Department's area of responsibility in each...

      West Bank: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what reports he has received of access to education for the Bedouin population in the West Bank.

      Yemen: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that schools in Yemen remain open.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Departmental Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 13 September 2011, Official Report, column 1089W, on departmental flags, what information his...

    • Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when his Department plans to publish its empty homes strategy.

      Empty Property: Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will consider requiring developers to lay telephone and electricity service ducting when building new residential and...

      Family Intervention Projects: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much funding will be allocated to the family intervention programme in respect of families with multiple problems...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many central government-funded loan applications were approved for self-build homes in (a) Brighton and Hove, (b) Sussex and...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 22 March 2011, Official Report, columns 913-4W, on housing: construction, what progress has been made...

      Localism Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) pursuant to the contribution of the Minister of State of 17 May 2011, Official Report, column 274, on the Localism Bill,...

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what assessment he has made of the (a) effectiveness and (b) adequacy to meet demand of the Mortgage Rescue Scheme; (2)...

      Planning Permission: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what sanctions may be imposed on persons who have made false statements or provided false evidence in a planning application.

      Regeneration: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to announce allocations of transition funding for locally-led regeneration.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to bring forward proposals to means test benefit claims for people who are subject to section 117 of the Mental...

      Vacant Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his policy is on the development on (a) greenfield and (b) green belt land.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Athletics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what progress has been made on London's bid to host the 2017 World Athletics Championships; and if he will make a statement.

    • Athletics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what (a) financial and (b) other support his Department has provided in support of London's bid to host the 2017 World...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the allocation of funds for an urban superfast broadband...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions his Department has had with HM Treasury on the allocation of the unallocated Broadband Delivery UK funds.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the average cost to his Department was of processing the payment of an invoice in the latest period for which figures are...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what (a) building and (b) refurbishment projects his Department plans in (i) 2011-12 and (ii) 2012-13; and what the cost of...

      Departmental Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many transport-related fines his Department and its predecessors have settled on behalf of its staff in each year since...

      Departmental Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much his Department spent on newspapers, periodicals and trade profession magazines in 2010-11.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the cost of employing civil servants to undertake procurement for his Department in (a) 2008-09,...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many contracts his Department has advertised on the Contracts Finder website in each month since May 2010; what the value...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport for how many days on average his Department’s staff in each pay grade were absent from work as a result of ill health in...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many external training courses staff of his Department attended in the last 12 months; and what the cost to the public...

      Film Industry: Tax Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much his Department spent under the Film Tax Credit scheme in each year since 2008.

      Film Industry: Tax Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much his Department has allocated to the film tax credit scheme in each year from 2008 to 2013.

      Horse Racing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the oral answer of 28 April 2011, Official Report, column 327, on race course pitch tenures, when his Department...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport by what date he expects 4G mobile services to be deployed in (a) the UK and (b) other EU countries; and what assessment he has...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what meetings he has had in the last 12 months on the convergence and regeneration legacy of the London 2012 Olympics.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of his Department's contribution to achieving convergence in the London boroughs of Barking and...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what funding his Department has allocated to achieve (a) Olympic legacy goals overall and (b) the regeneration legacy in the...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what projects and events in (a) Brighton Kemptown constituency, (b) East Sussex and (c) the South East have been awarded the...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to encourage a sustainable equestrian legacy following the London 2012 Olympics and...

      Olympic Games 2012: Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether he expects redevelopment of the Olympic stadium to be complete before the commencement of the first lease in 2014.

      Olympic Games 2012: Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to ensure that demand to occupy the Olympic stadium extends beyond the first letting period.

      Olympic Games 2012: Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effects of the decision to retain the Olympic stadium in public ownership on the stability...

      Olympic Games 2012: Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether he expects decisions to have been made on the future (a) ownership and (b) occupation of the Olympic stadium before...

      Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what steps he is taking to put in place a right to provide for public sector workers to take over the running of...

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will make it his policy to take account of the dates for the release of 800 MHz and 2600 MHz spectrum in the Best in...

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport for what reasons community radio stations operating on an FM frequency are not able to make community radio licence...

      S4C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effect on S4C's independence of having BBC employees on its management team.

      S4C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether he intends to hold a public consultation on any future proposals to change the governance arrangements for S4C.

      Television: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent representations he has received on the advertisement of abortion services on television channels.

      Television: Local Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to remove barriers to market entry experienced by local television producers.

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many letters he has received on funding for civil society organisations within his Department's area of responsibility in...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much direct funding his Department provided to each civil society organisation it funded in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12;...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent assessment the Government have made of the effect on levels of inbound tourism of the cost of a visa to visit the...

      Tourism: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether (a) VisitBritain, (b) VisitEngland, (c) VisitScotland and (d) VisitWales has been allocated any additional budget for...

  • Defence

    • Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the preferred bidder for the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme will be announced.

    • Astute Class Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his most recent estimate is of the (a) completion date and (b) cost to the public purse of the Valiant Jetty programme.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of invoices from suppliers his Department paid within 10 days of receipt in July and August 2010.

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with their counterparts in (i) HM Treasury and (ii) the Department for Business, Innovation...

      Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when he expects the final downselection in the Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability tanker contract to occur; (2) what the total cost to the...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the purchase cost was of the Sentinel R1; and if he will make a statement.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which aircraft have been identified as potential replacements for the Sentinel R1; and if he will make a statement.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the Sentinel R1 to be retired from service; and if he will make a statement.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of (a) retaining, (b) upgrading and (c) replacing the Sentinel R1; and if he will make a statement.

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the monetary value was of contracts awarded to local firms by (a) Craigiehall, (b) Redford and (c) Dreghorn Barracks in each of the last five years.

      Scout Specialist Vehicle

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what obligations his Department has placed on General Dynamics to manufacture and assemble the Scout Specialist Vehicle in the UK.

      Victims of Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the likely effects of adopting in its present form the proposed EU Directive establishing minimum standards on the rights,...

  • Prime Minister

    • E-mail

      To ask the Prime Minister whether (a) he, (b) his officials and (c) his special advisers use private e-mail accounts for the conduct of government business.

    • Environment Protection

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he plans to attend the Global Green Growth Forum in Denmark.

      Hillsborough Stadium

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues since his appointment on the unredacted release of the Hillsborough cabinet minutes; (2) when he last...

      Ministerial Policy Advisers: Pay

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what the pay band is of the special adviser in his Office for liaison between 10 Downing street and the Scotland Office; (2) what the pay band is of the civil...

      Taxation

      To ask the Prime Minister what discussions he has had with (a) ministerial colleagues and (b) others on the introduction of a tax to discourage people from eating fattening foods and drinks.

      Visits Abroad

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) which human rights cases he raised with his Russian counterpart during his recent visit to the Russian Federation; (2) what discussions he had on freedom of...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Badgers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations she has received from the scientific community on her plans to pilot the free shooting of badgers.

    • Biofuels: Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of wood combusted at each biomass generating plant was (a) virgin and (b) waste wood in the last year for...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost to her Department was of measures to combat bovine TB in cattle in each of the last 10 years.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information her Department holds on the (a) level and (b) sources of black carbon emissions in the UK.

      Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has considered the merits of regulating the use of flame-retardant chemicals.

      Coastal Areas: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with Natural England on the implementation of the coastal access provisions under Part 9...

      Fish Discards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress she has made on reform of fisheries policy to reduce fish discards; and if she will make a statement.

      Food Labelling

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

      Inland Waterways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to ensure the future prosperity of inland waterways; and if she will make a statement.

      Livestock: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to prevent attacks on horses and other livestock.

      Mobile Spectrum: Auction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the potential effects on rural communities of the timetable for the auction of mobile spectrum.

      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 Department...

      Retailing Sustainable Local Produce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to promote the use of sustainable local produce by retailers.

      Wildlife: Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what requirements there are on veterinary practices to provide to the customer information on the prices of widely used...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to encourage the Government of Afghanistan to protect women's rights to (a) employment, (b) education,...

    • Afghanistan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Afghanistan on the human rights of women in Afghanistan; and if he...

      Afghanistan: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for what reason his Department did not produce a long-term soft power strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan in May 2011 as...

      Afghanistan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department has made to the Government of Afghanistan on the adoption of benchmarks on (a) school...

      Afghanistan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what representations his Department has made to the Government of Afghanistan on the adoption of benchmarks in respect of...

      Afghanistan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to UN Security Council Resolution 1325, what representations his Department has made to the Government of...

      Afghanistan: Peace Negotiations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department has made to the Government of Afghanistan on the involvement of civic society, including...

      Arms Trade: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps he has taken towards the negotiation of an international arms trade treaty.

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to change the number of officials in his Department stationed in the British Indian Ocean Territory.

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the designated Marine Protected Area surrounding the Chagos archipelago.

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many infringements of the designated Marine Protected Area surrounding the Chagos Archipelago have been reported to his...

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent on enforcement of the British Indian Ocean Territory (Chagos Islands) Marine Protected Area...

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many of his officials have duties associated with enforcing the British Indian Ocean Territory (Chagos Islands) Marine...

      British Indian Ocean Territory: Marine Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has any plans to propose the repeal of the legislation establishing the British Indian Ocean Territory (Chagos...

      British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to visit any British Overseas Territories in the next 12 months.

      China: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on human rights in China.

      Columbia: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his international counterparts on joint steps to identify and where appropriate seek the...

      Croatia: EU Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has established a timetable for the passage of proposed legislation to ratify Croatia's EU accession treaty.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of invoices from suppliers his Department paid within 10 days of receipt in July and August 2010.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the average cost to his Department was of processing the payment of an invoice in the latest period for which figures are...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) building and (b) refurbishment projects his Department plans in (i) 2011-12 and (ii) 2012-13; and what the cost of each...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what procedures his Department uses when engaging external consultants.

      Departmental Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many transport-related fines his Department has settled on behalf of its staff in each year since 2007; and at what cost.

      Departmental Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the average hourly rate paid was to external (a) solicitors and (b) barristers engaged by his Department in 2010-11; what...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department spent on hospitality for events hosted by each Minister in his Department in each of the last 12 months.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress his Department has made in eliminating pre-qualification questionnaires for procurements with a value of under...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many external training courses staff of his Department attended in the last 12 months; and what the cost to the public purse...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his (a) Brazilian, (b) Russian, (c) Indian and (d) Chinese counterparts on the...

      Egypt: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment his Department has made of the state of Egypt’s economy.

      Egypt: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps he has taken to provide support to the Egyptian economy; and what such steps he has taken together with his EU...

      Egypt: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he plans to take to help ensure that the outcome of the proposed November 2011 elections in Egypt is implemented in a...

      Egypt: Freedom of Expression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the extent of freedom of speech in Egypt.

      Egypt: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the violence against Coptic Christians in Egypt; and whether he has plans to make...

      Egypt: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment his Department has made of the rights of trade unions in Egypt.

      E-mail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether any (a) Ministers, (b) officials and (c) special advisers in his Department use private e-mail accounts for the conduct...

      EU General Affairs Council: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what agreements on the EU position for the climate change discussions in Durban were made at the EU General Affairs Council on...

      European Union Bill 2010-12

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 28 February 2011, Official Report, column 166W, on the European Union Bill, what the final cost to his...

      Fiji: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the rights of trade unions in Fiji.

      Freedom of Expression: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received from (a) foreign governments and (b) international non-governmental organisations on online...

      Freedom of Expression: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what date has been set for the next meeting of his Department's Freedom of Expression on the Internet Expert Group.

      Freedom of Expression: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what groups and companies were invited to and (a) did not attend and (b) attended the first meeting of his Department's Freedom...

      Freedom of Expression: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of each paper prepared for the first meeting of his Department's Freedom of Expression on...

      Ghana

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many officials of his Department are posted to Ghana.

      Ghana

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to visit Ghana.

      Ghana: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the state of relations between the UK and Ghana.

      Gilad Shalit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps he has taken to assist efforts towards the release of Gilad Shalit.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his (a) Brazilian, (b) Russian, (c) Indian and (d) Chinese counterparts on international...

      Indonesia: Papua

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the government of Indonesia on West Papua; and if he will make a statement.

      Indonesia: Papua

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the prospects for dialogue between the Government of Indonesia and representatives of the people...

      Indonesia: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department has made to the Government of Indonesia on its treatment of Ahmadiyya Muslims in East Java,...

      Indonesia: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department has made to the Government of Indonesia on the operation of the criminal justice system in...

      Internet: Conferences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) companies, (b) non-governmental organisations and (c) representatives of foreign governments have been invited to his...

      Iran: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment his Department has made of the Bushehr nuclear power project in Iran; and if he will make a statement.

      Israel: Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information his Department holds on the abortion rate in Israel in each of the last three years; and if he will make a...

      Israel: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent meetings he has had with the Israeli Leader of the Opposition; what issues were discussed; and if he will make a...

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Libyan National Transitional Council on the implementation of (a) extradition policy and...

      Libya: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the potential contribution of member countries of the Arab League to economic recovery in...

      Libya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the ideological objectives of the National Transitional Council in Libya.

      Libya: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with members of Libya's National Transitional Council on compensation payments for British victims...

      Malawi: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Malawi on its response to recent anti-government protests.

      Malawi: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the human rights situation in Malawi following the death of Robert Chasowa.

      Nigeria: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support his Department is providing to the Government of Nigeria to help resolve localised violent conflict in that country.

      Nigeria: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what contribution his Department is making to combating emerging terrorist threats in Nigeria.

      Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his (a) Brazilian, (b) Russian, (c) Indian and (d) Chinese counterparts on international...

      Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken to encourage the development of public service mutuals in its area of responsibility; and if...

      Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what evidence he considered in assessing the merits of instituting a Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review.

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many officials of his Department are posted to Sierra Leone.

      Sierra Leone: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the state of relations between the UK and Sierra Leone.

      South Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of (a) the political development of South Sudan and (b) the state of relations between South...

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the dismissal of the elected governor of Blue Nile state in Sudan; and if he will make a...

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the nomination of the (a) Deputy Chief Administrator for the Abyei Area and (b) Speaker...

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on parties that missed the deadline for withdrawal of forces from the Abyei Area.

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has received reports from the Force Commander of the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei on the withdrawal of...

      Syria: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the governments of (a) Russia and (b) China on their relations with the government of Syria...

      Syria: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the number of civilian deaths in Syria during the recent demonstrations in that country.

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much direct funding his Department provided to each civil society organisation it funded in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; how...

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent progress has been made on the installation of the Coastal Radar System in the British Overseas Territory of Turks...

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in the British Overseas Territory of Turks and Caicos in 2012.

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the investigation by the Special Investigation and Prosecution Team in Turks and Caicos;...

      USA: Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information his Department holds on the number of Marshall scholars who are employed in the US executive or legislature.

      USA: Visas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received on the cost of obtaining a visa for travel to the US.

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many officials in his Department are stationed in Yemen.

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what consular assistance his Department is providing to British citizens in Yemen following recent civil unrest in that country.

      Yulia Tymoshenko

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Government of Ukraine against the prison sentence given to Yulia Tymoshenko; and if he...

      Yvonne Fletcher

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what work has been undertaken to secure the extradition from Libya of the main suspect in the case of the shooting of WPC Yvonne...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Asbestos

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to take steps to raise the awareness of the dangers of asbestos to (a) construction workers, (b) plumbers, (c) carpenters and...

    • Child Benefit: Ashfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants there were of child benefit in Ashfield constituency in each year from 2005 to 2011.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the number of Child Support Agency cases where regular payments by the non-resident parent are not made; (2)...

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will assess the likely effects of the introduction of charges for use of the statutory child support service on (a) each income decile of...

      Crisis Loans: South Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications for (a) crisis loans and (b) budgeting loans were rejected in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire constituency in...

      Crisis Loans: South Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have (a) applied for and (b) received (i) crisis loans and (ii) budgeting loans in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire...

      Disability Living Allowance: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children in (a) Glasgow and (b) Scotland currently receive disability living allowance for cancer.

      Employment Schemes: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to make provision at the entry point to the work programme for ex-offenders to allow them to be met on the day of their...

      Employment: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with Scottish Ministers on the likely effect of his legislative proposals on welfare reform on the future...

      Homelessness: Cambridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of the boundaries of the Cambridge Broad Rental Market Area on levels of (a) unemployment and...

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress the Government have made in implementing the proposals of Lord Young of Graffham's 2010 report on deregulation.

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the Government's policy is on the provisions of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulation Bill.

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the Government's policy is on the provisions of the Self-Employment (Risk Assessment Exemption) Bill.

      Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the Government's policy is on the provisions of the Low Hazard Workplaces (Risk Assessment Exemption) Bill.

      Motability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people will no longer have access to the Motability scheme in (a) Nottinghamshire and (b) England following changes in funding for the...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when his Department expects to determine the claim for pension credit of Brian Tudor made on 16 July 2011.

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether people making a second claim for pension credit are required to fill in another copy of the application form by which they made their...

      Pensioners: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in Scotland were (a) eligible and (b) received the winter fuel payment in 2010-11; and how many such pensioners he estimate...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has made an assessment of the implications for UK pension schemes of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals for the Southern District of...

      Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proposals he plans to bring forward to offer financial assistance to women born between December 1953 and October 1954 on a transitional...

      Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on addressing work-related stress problems and if he will make a statement.

      Telephone Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance he has issued to Work programme providers on the use of 084 and 087 prefix telephone numbers.

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) cautioned, (b) charged and (c) given a penalty notice for disorder for selling alcohol to people under the age of 18...

    • Asylum: Commonwealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people from the Commonwealth were granted asylum on political grounds in each of the last 10 years; (2) how many people from...

      British Nationals Abroad: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effects of (a) the closure of the National Policing Improvement Agency and (b) other changes to the...

      Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the damage caused to the London borough of Havering by recent civil disorder.

      Criminal Records Bureau: Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) date of purchase, (b) amount, (c) supplier and (d) level 3 or enhanced transaction entry was of each transaction undertaken by...

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many contracts her Department holds with (a) Blue Light Global Solutions, (b) Capita, (c) Co sponsor and (d) Steria.

      Departmental Press Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many press releases her Department has issued in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the cost of employing civil servants to undertake procurement for her Department in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many external training courses staff of her Department attended in the last 12 months; and what the cost to the public purse was of each...

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been deported to each country in each month since May 2010.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she is taking steps to ensure that Tier 2 visas remain accessible for the duration of a given year after the introduction of an...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to minimise the cost to small specialist colleges of applying for Tier 4 accreditation.

      Entry Clearances: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) Tier 1 and (b) Tier 2 visas were awarded to applicants resident in the Birmingham Ladywood constituency in the last 12 months.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department to which accreditation inspection body education academies in Northern Ireland apply in order to enrol international students for long-term...

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) legal and (b) illegal firearms have been seized by the police in each year since 1997.

      Foreign Workers: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 29 June 2011, Official Report, column 861W, on foreign workers: EU nationals, when she expects to receive a report...

      Humberside Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding arrangements exist between the Humberside police and East Riding of Yorkshire council; what arrangements are in place to enable...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to ensure that those who are refused leave to remain in the UK are removed promptly.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made on smart zones for processing pre-checked low-risk passengers at certain ports and airports.

      Internet: Offensive Material

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps her Department is taking to tackle UK-based websites which promote (a) racism, (b) sectarianism and (c) bigotry; and if she...

      Knives

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many knives have been recovered by the police in each year since 1997.

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many recorded crimes involved the use of a knife in each year since 1997.

      Offensive Weapons: Seized Articles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) illegal and (b) air weapons have been seized by police in each year since 1997.

      Passports: Forgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many forged passports have been seized in each year since 1997.

      Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the operation of section 153 of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011; and if she will make a...

      Police: Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of police officers who are classified as obese.

      Police: Termination of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) police civilian staff have (i) been subject to disciplinary action and (ii) had their employment...

      Polygamy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department has amended its guidelines for immigration officers which instruct them to allow polygamous families to live in the UK...

      Serious Organised Crime Agency: Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) date of purchase, (b) amount, (c) supplier and (d) level 3 or enhanced transaction entry was of each transaction undertaken by...

      UK Border Agency: Patrol Craft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to review the number of vessels used by the UK Border Agency for coastline patrols.

      UK Border Agency: Patrol Craft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to the public purse was of coastline patrols by the UK Border Agency in 2010-11.

      UK Border Agency: Patrol Craft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests were made following coastline patrols by the UK Border Agency in 2010-11.

      UK Border Agency: Patrol Craft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what illegal goods were seized by the UK Border Agency as a result of coastline patrols in 2010-11; and what the monetary value was of such goods.

      UK Border Agency: Patrol Craft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vessels the UK Border Agency uses to patrol the Scottish coastline; and how many staff are employed to crew such vessels.

  • Attorney-General

    • Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Attorney-General what discussions he has had with the Director of Public Prosecutions on (a) the visit to the UK in October 2011 of the Leader of the Opposition in Israel and (b) the...

    • Departmental Legal Opinion

      To ask the Attorney-General what the average hourly rate paid to external (a) solicitors and (b) barristers engaged by the Law Officers' Departments was in 2010-11; what guidance the Law...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Attorney-General what progress the Law Officers' Departments have made in eliminating pre-qualification questionnaires for procurements with a value of under £100,000.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Attorney-General how much the Law Officers’ Departments spent on new furnishings in the last year.

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Attorney-General what the (a) date of purchase, (b) amount, (c) supplier and (d) level 3 or enhanced transaction entry was of each transaction undertaken by the Serious Fraud Office...

      Hillsborough Stadium

      To ask the Attorney-General (1) what discussions he has had with the Prime Minister on the unredacted release of the Hillsborough Cabinet minutes since his appointment; (2) when he last met...

      Polygamy

      To ask the Attorney-General how many cases of polygamy have been (a) successfully and (b) unsuccessfully prosecuted by the Crown Prosecution Service in each of the last three years.

      Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006

      To ask the Attorney-General how many people have been (a) charged and (b) convicted under the provisions of the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006.

  • Justice

    • Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library a copy of each response to his Department's consultation on the public bodies included in the provisions of the Public...

    • Administration of Justice: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether staff working in (a) prisons, (b) probation services and (c) the courts receive mandatory training on working with former soldiers.

      Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for how many and what proportion of cases involving under-18-year-olds imprisoned on remand as a result of public disorder in August 2011 was a bail...

      Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many under-18-year-olds convicted of an offence following the public disorder in August 2011 were remanded into custody without a youth offending...

      Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of people aged under-18 years who were imprisoned on remand in connection with the public disorder of August 2011 had legal...

      Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of those arrested for offences connected with the recent public disorder had previously served a sentence of imprisonment under 12 months.

      Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) pursuant to the answer of 14 September 2011, Official Report, column 1215W, on civil disorder: compensation, for what reasons details of the...

      Community Orders: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were found to be in possession of drugs on unpaid work sites between 1 April 2010 and 31 March 2011.

      Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will assess the effects of the proposed abolition of success fees and non-recoverability of after-the-event insurance premiums on the ability of...

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the composition will be of the proposed Ministerial Board to oversee non-judicial aspects of the services provided by coroners.

      Courts: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the level was of capital expenditure on magistrates' and Crown courts in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 2010-11; and how much he plans to allocate for these...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what (a) building and (b) refurbishment projects his Department plans in the (i) current and (ii) next financial year; and what the cost will be of each...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether any (a) Ministers, (b) officials and (c) special advisers in his Department use private e-mail accounts for the conduct of Government business.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on hospitality for events hosted by each Minister in his Department in each of the last 12 months.

      Departmental Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on newspapers, periodicals and trade profession magazines in 2010-11.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of employing civil servants to undertake procurement for his Department in (a) 2008-09, (b)...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what contracts of a monetary value of (a) between £100,000 and £500,000, (b) between £500,000 and £1 million, (c) between £1...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what savings to the public purse will be realised as a result of contracting out HM Prison (a) Featherstone II, (b) Buckley Hall, (c) Birmingham...

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much (a) his Department, (b) the Prison Service bids unit and (c) its other agencies and non-departmental bodies spent on (i) staff, (ii) travel and...

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 10 October 2011, Official Report, column 163W, on driving offences: speed limits, how many people with 12 points on their...

      Drugs: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 15 June 2011, Official Report, column 839W, on drugs: convictions, how many of those receiving custodial sentences for each...

      Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many fines issued in the most recent year for which figures are available were (a) paid in full within one year, (b) paid in part and (c) remain...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress his Department has made in eliminating pre-qualification questionnaires for procurements with a value of under £100,000.

      Human Trafficking: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the nationality was of each suspected victim of trafficking referred to the Trafficking Victim Support Scheme run by the Salvation Army between (a)...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many claims were brought against public authorities using legal aid in each of the last five years.

      Legal Aid Scheme: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many legal aid matter starts there were in (a) social welfare law, (b) family law, (c) clinical negligence and (d) immigration law in (i) West Ham...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many organisations in (a) West Ham constituency and (b) the London borough of Newham are under contract to the Legal Services Commission to provide...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many claims against (a) local authorities in London and (b) Newham London borough council were brought using legal aid in each of the last five years.

      Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how the implementation obligations in respect of each article of the draft EU Directive on Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children will be met by...

      Offenders: Speech Therapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) young and (b) adult offenders are recorded as having speech language and communication needs; and at what stage in the incarceration process...

      Office of the Chief Coroner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what costs his Department has incurred in relation to the Office of the Chief Coroner in each of the last four financial years.

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many hours per week (a) young offenders and (b) adult prisoners at Parc prison, Bridgend spent in their cells in each year since 2005; and if he will...

      Prisoners : Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many hours per week (a) young offenders and (b) adult prisoners at Parc prison, Bridgend spent on (i) work-based activities and (ii) education-based...

      Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will estimate the total cost to the public purse of the preparation of the competitions for (a) HMP Featherstone II, (b) Buckley Hall, (c)...

      Prisons: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the ratio of prison officers to (a) young offenders and (b) adult prisoners was in each year since 2005; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisons: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether operational staff in private sector prisons are barred from taking strike action under section 127 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order...

      Probation: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the budget was of each probation trust in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09, (c) 2009-10 and (d) 2010-11; and what budget he has set for (i) 2011-12, (ii)...

      Remand in Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of adults remanded in custody were subsequently (a) acquitted and (b) given a community sentence in the last three years for...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convictions for repeat offenders there were in (a) the south-east, (b) Kent and (c) Dartford constituency in each of the last 10 years.

      Restraining Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people breached restraining orders issued under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 on (a) one, (b) two, (c) three and (d) four or more...

      Suspended Supervision Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many suspended supervision orders were made in 2010-11; and how many were breached.

  • Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what (a) projections of numbers of flights and (b) economic data he used to inform his decision to reduce the rate of air passenger duty in Northern...

    • Bank Services: Switzerland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has assessed whether a one-off deduction of between 19 per cent. and 34 per cent. of funds held by UK taxpayers in Swiss bank...

      Bank Services: Switzerland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what his policy is on full tax disclosure by UK taxpayers with Swiss bank accounts other than to the Swiss authorities; (2) what his policy is on the...

      Bank Services: Switzerland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the yield to the Exchequer in tax revenue attributable to the agreement with Switzerland on offshore tax evasion in (a) 2012,...

      Bank Services: Switzerland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment his Department has made of the effects of the tax withholding rate to be applied to the accounts of UK taxpayers holding bank accounts...

      Bank Services: Switzerland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the application of the proposed UK-Swiss tax agreement to (a) trusts and (b) limited companies (i) established, owned, or...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 15 September 2011, Official Report, column 1268W, on child benefit, (1) by what means a higher rate taxpayer who is not...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the costs and benefits of allowing child care costs to be tax deductible.

      Climate Change

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he plans to take to ensure that progress is made on the developed world’s climate finance responsibilities when he meets his G20...

      Credit: Low Incomes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with high street banks on making affordable credit available to those on low and minimum incomes.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of invoices from suppliers his Department paid within 10 days of receipt in July and August 2010.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the (a) monetary value of his Department's maintenance backlog and (b) time required to complete such maintenance.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what procedures his Department uses when engaging external consultants.

      Departmental Fines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many transport-related fines his Department has settled on behalf of its staff; and at what cost in each year since 2007.

      Departmental Flags

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2010, Official Report, column 274W, on departmental flags, whether his Department has flown the Union flag at the official...

      Departmental Legal Opinion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average hourly rate paid was to external (a) solicitors and (b) barristers engaged by his Departments in 2010-11; what guidance his Departments...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress his Department has made in eliminating pre-qualification questionnaires for procurements with a value of under £100,000.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what contracts of a monetary value of (a) between £100,000 and £500,000, (b) between £500,000 and £1 million, (c) between £1...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department spent on new furnishings in the last year.

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for how many days on average his Department’s staff in each pay grade were absent from work as a result of ill health in 2010-11.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many external training courses staff of his Department attended in the last 12 months; and what the cost to the public purse was of each course.

      Duchy of Cornwall

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) which (a) organisations and (b) individuals in Cornwall have been consulted on the proposals in respect of the Duchy of Cornwall contained in the...

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the oral answer of 10 October 2011, Official Report, column 51, on the Eurozone, if he will place in the Library a copy of any economic...

      Enterprise Zones: Lancashire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with their counterparts in the Department for Business, Skills and Innovation on the enterprise zone...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with former investors in Equitable Life on the length of the compensation scheme.

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether payments to Equitable Life policyholders under the 9 June 2011 scheme are being prioritised by (a) age, (b) years of investment or (c) any...

      European Central Bank

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what timetable he has set for his challenge to the European Central Bank Eurosystem Oversight Framework policy.

      Excise Duties: Biofuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department plans to take to address duty avoidance in the production of biodiesel.

      Excise Duties: Gaming Machines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received on the effect of machine games duty on British seaside (a) businesses, (b) employment and (c) tourism; and if he will...

      Excise Duties: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much vehicle excise duty was collected in (a) Wales, (b) England, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Excise Duties: Petrol

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the tax payable on the average pump price of a litre of unleaded petrol was on 30 September 2011.

      Financial Services Authority: Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) date of purchase, (b) amount, (c) supplier and (d) level 3 or enhanced transaction entry was of each transaction undertaken by the Financial...

      Financial Services: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on the adoption of a financial transactions tax by the (a) G20 and (b) G77.

      Gold and Foreign Exchange Reserves

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on the future level of UK gold reserves.

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Government Procurement Card transactions were made by his Department's officials withdrawing cash from automated teller machines from 2006-07 to...

      Housing: Sales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of homes in each price band in (a) London, (b) England and (c) the UK that were sold in the last (i) 12, (ii) 24, (iii) 36 and (iv) 48...

      Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people liable for the highest rate of income tax have ceased paying income tax in the UK since the introduction of the 50 pence income tax rate.

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses in Ashfield constituency have participated in the national insurance holiday scheme.

      Natural Gas: Exploration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of tax revenues from fracking.

      North Sea Oil: Tax Yields

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the proportion of tax revenue which would have come from green taxes if he had not introduced the carbon price floor or the increase in...

      Office of Government Commerce: Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) date of purchase, (b) amount, (c) supplier and (d) level 3 or enhanced transaction entry was of each transaction undertaken by the Office of...

      PAYE: Administration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many incorrect PAYE codes have been issued by HM Revenue and Customs to taxpayers in the last 12 months, and what estimate he has made on the amount of...

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to publish the Government’s response to the Treasury Select Committee’s Sixteenth Report of the session 2010-12, on the...

      Revenue and Customs: Closures

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received on the planned closure of HM Revenue and Customs offices; and if he will make a statement.

      Revenue and Customs: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration he has given to allowing small businesses to communicate with HM Revenue and Customs by email; and if he will make a statement.

      Revenue and Customs: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration he has given to ensuring that small businesses have a named officer in HM Revenue and Customs with whom they deal.

      Revenue and Customs: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what meetings he has had with trade unions to discuss the effect of the comprehensive spending review on HM Revenue and Customs.

      Revenue and Customs: Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) date of purchase, (b) amount, (c) supplier and (d) level 3 or enhanced transaction entry was of each transaction undertaken by HM Revenue and...

      Revenue and Customs: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects the first 100 of the new anti-evasion and avoidance officers in HM Revenue and Customs to be in post.

      Revenue and Customs: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of the proposed new anti-evasion and avoidance officers he expects to be redeployed from existing posts in HM Revenue and Customs.

      Revenue and Customs: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to HM Revenue and Customs of employing the proposed new anti-evasion and avoidance officers.

      Shipping: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his negotiating position is for the G20 Finance Ministers October 2011 meeting on proposals for an international levy on shipping to cut carbon...

      Social Lending

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what support his Department plans to provide for social lending through credit unions and community-based initiatives in each of the next four financial years.

      Stocks and Shares

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the effect on speculative activity of introducing higher capital requirements for financial institutions engaged...

      Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) employers and (b) employees have access to accurate and up-to-date information on types of tax relief available.

      Tax Allowances: Commuters

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential use of incentives in the tax system to encourage employees to use more environmentally...

      Tax Avoidance: Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many incidents of illegal avoidance of tax, VAT and import duty in relation to the selling of products through online (a) businesses and (b) auction...

      Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) individuals and (b) organisations have been (i) investigated by HM Revenue and Customs for tax evasion and (ii) prosecuted for such offences...

      Tax Yields: Environment Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the proportion of tax revenue which will come from green taxes in each of the next four years resulting from measures...

      Tax Yields: Environment Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of tax revenue came from green taxes in each year since 1997.

      Taxation: Accountability

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with his international counterparts on steps to increase global tax transparency.

      Taxation: Carers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what changes affecting kinship carers he has made to the tax system since 6 April 2011.

      Taxation: Environment Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what representations he has received from the European Commission on the carbon floor price.

      Taxation: Environment Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the likely combined revenue to the Exchequer from the carbon price floor and the EU Emissions Trading System up to 2015-16.

      Taxation: Football

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the sum owed to the Exchequer by football clubs in the Premier League and Football League (a) at the end of each of the...

      Taxation: Football

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the monetary value of tax receipts from income tax received from professional footballers in each of the last 10 financial years.

      Third Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much direct funding his Department provided to each civil society organisation it funded in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13, (d) 2013-14 and (e)...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what impact assessment his Department undertook on the likely effect on the express and mail industries of the reduction of low value consignment relief for...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the administrative cost to businesses of charging and claiming back VAT between VAT-registered firms.

      VAT: Exemptions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration he has given to extending exemptions from VAT.

      VAT: Housing Improvement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will assess the (a) likely effect on the availability of housing and (b) the number of jobs which would be created by reducing the rate of VAT...

      VAT: Tourism

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect on the tourism industry of the increase in the rate of VAT.

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what methodology he used to calculate the estimated savings to the public purse which he expects to arise from changes to the working tax credit; and if he...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to answer Question (a) 68073, (b) 68074 and (c) 68075, tabled on 19 July 2011 for answer on 5 September 2011.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the effects of his legislative proposals on the number of people on the electoral register; and if he will make a statement.

    • Electoral Registration

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the evidential basis is for his proposals on future requirements for people to co-operate with electoral registration officers compiling a register of electors.

      E-mail

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether any (a) Ministers, (b) officials and (c) special advisers in his office use private e-mail accounts for the conduct of Government business.

      Hillsborough Stadium

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had with the Prime Minister since his appointment on the unredacted release of the Hillsborough Cabinet minutes.

      House of Lords: Elections

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what timetable he expects to set is for the introduction of elections to the House of Lords; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisoners

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister which categories of prisoners he expects to be enfranchised.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Big Lottery Fund: Manpower

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many members of staff worked for the Big Lottery Fund in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; how many will work for the fund in each of the next three...

    • Big Society Capital

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what representations he received on the Big Society Bank in each month since June 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Big Society Capital

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many representations he has received on Big Society Capital in each month since June 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Big Society Capital

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will publish the (a) business plan and (b) accounts and (c) minutes of each board meeting of Big Society Capital since its establishment; and if...

      Charitable Donations: Business

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the level of charitable giving (a) in total, (b) by UK-owned businesses and (c) by businesses based in the UK in each of...

      Charities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many investigations into the activities of UK registered charities were launched by the Charity Commission in each of the last five years; and if he...

      Charities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many investigations into the activities of UK registered charities the Charity Commission has planned for as part of its budgetary process in (a)...

      Charities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many charities that were investigated by the Charity Commission closed voluntarily or were shut down (a) within 12 months and (b) within six months...

      Charities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many public benefit assessments the Charity Commission undertook in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11; how many it expects to undertake in each year of...

      Charity Commission

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the priorities were of the Charity Commission in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

      Charity Commission: Manpower

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many full-time equivalent staff the Charity Commission employed in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; how many employees he expects the Commission to...

      Charity Commission: Manpower

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many staff the Charity Commission employed to investigate complaints against UK registered charities in each year since 2007-08; how many it expects...

      Civil Service: Trade Unions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when he expects to announce a consultation on ending the practice of civil servants working full-time on trade union activities.

      Communities First Fund

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much funding the Community First Fund was allocated in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; how much it will receive in each of the next three years; and if...

      Communities First Fund: Oxfordshire

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office for what reasons (a) Grimsbury, (b) Neithrop and (c) Ruscote ward within Cherwell district council does not qualify for Community First funding.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of invoices from suppliers to (a) his Department and (b) 10 Downing street his Department paid within 10 days of receipt in July and...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what (a) building and (b) refurbishment projects in respect of (i) the Cabinet Office, (ii) 10 Downing street and (iii) the office of the Deputy Prime...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what procedures his Department uses when engaging external consultants.

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what representations he has received on (a) the Big Society Bank, (b) the Work programme and (c) volunteering in each month since June 2011; and if he...

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much his Department spent on hospitality for events hosted by each Minister in his Department in each of the last 12 months.

      Departmental Pensions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the (a) retirement age, (b) payment on retirement and (c) other terms are of the pension provided to the Cabinet Secretary.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what progress his Department has made in eliminating pre-qualification questionnaires for procurements with a value of under £100,000.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether he plans to consult on procurement policy action note 3/11, issued on 31 January 2011.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many contracts his Department has awarded directly to third sector organisations in each month since May 2010; what the value was of such contracts;...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much his Department spent on new furnishings in the last year.

      E-mail

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether any (a) Ministers, (b) officials and (c) special advisers in his Department use private e-mail accounts for the conduct of government business.

      Hillsborough Stadium

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what discussions he has had with the Prime Minister on the unredacted release of the Hillsborough Cabinet minutes since his appointment.

      Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to his answer of 16 June 2011, Official Report, column 943W, on Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), for what reasons the...

      Jobseeker's Allowance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people in (a) Glenrothes, (b) Fife, (c) Scotland and (d) each region in England were claiming jobseeker's allowance in the latest period for...

      Office for Civil Society: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the budget of the Office for Civil Society was for (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; what budget he has set for each of the next three years; and if he...

      Office for Civil Society: Manpower

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many staff were working for the Office for Civil Society in each month since 1 May 2010; how many he expects to be employed in each of the next...

      Official Gifts

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will bring forward proposals to prevent former ministers from accepting gifts, donations, or offers of consultancy or employment from any company...

      Public Sector: Mutual Societies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many new public service mutuals have been created (a) in total and (b) in each region in each month since June 2010; and if he will make a...

      Public Sector: Trade Unions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to reduce the cost to the public purse of full-time trade union officials employed by public bodies.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many long-term recipients of jobseeker's allowance moved off benefits in each month from January 2006 to September 2011; and if he will make a statement.

      Third Sector

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office from which organisations he received responses to his Department's consultation paper on Modernising Commissioning in December 2010 and January 2011;...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what plans he has to make it easier to establish a charity, social enterprise or voluntary organisation; and if he will make a statement.

      Third Sector

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he plans to take to make it easier for civil society organisations to work with the Government; and if he will make a statement.

      Third Sector

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much direct funding his Department provided to each civil society organisation it funded in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13, (d) 2013-14 and...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of third sector organisations that had an income of (a) 1 million euros or more, (b) 100,000 euros or more and...

      Third Sector: Employment Schemes

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what discussions he has had with Ministers in the Department for Work and Pensions about the role of the third sector in the Work programme; and if he...

      Third Sector: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much each beneficiary organisation has received from the Transition Fund since its inception; and if he will make a statement.

      Voluntary Work: Administration

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to reduce the burden of administration associated with volunteering.

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much funding the National Citizen Service was allocated in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; how much he has allocated in each of the next three years;...

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what funding he allocated to each of the pilots for the National Citizen Service in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and how much he has allocated for each...

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people started a National Citizen Service project in each month since November 2010; and how many were still involved in those projects (a) one...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • British Coal Utilisation Research Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the status was of the British Coal Utilisation Research Association as a subsidiary of the British Coal Corporation during the...

    • British Coal Utilisation Research Association

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which body is responsible for former British Coal Corporation liabilities to the British Coal Utilisation Research Association which...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of invoices from suppliers his Department paid within 10 days of receipt in July and August 2010.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what (a) building and (b) refurbishment projects his Department plans in (i) 2011-12 and (ii) 2012-13; and what the cost of each such...

      Departmental Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many civil servants in his Department have been (a) relocated and (b) agreed for relocation in the last 12 months; and to which...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will estimate the total monetary value of London weightings and London living allowances for staff in his Department.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the cost of employing civil servants to undertake procurement for his Department in (a) 2008-09, (b)...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many contracts his Department has awarded directly to third sector organisations in each month since May 2010; what the value was...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for how many days on average his Department's staff in each pay grade were absent from work as a result of ill health in 2010-11.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many external training courses staff of his Department attended in the last 12 months; and what the cost to the public purse was of...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) written, (b) email and (c) telephone representations he has received in each month since May 2010 about (i) his plans to...

      Green Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to promote the uptake of the Green Deal; and what information and advice will be provided to...

      Green Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what estimate he has made of the likely number of privately-rented properties which will be involved in the Green Deal in year...

      Mining: South Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the implications of (a) geology and (b) redundant mine-workings in the South Wales coalfields for...

      Mixed Oxide Fuel: Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has any plans for the construction of a new mixed-oxide fuel plant.

      Nuclear Power Stations: Plutonium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many tonnes of plutonium he estimates are awaiting disposal at UK nuclear sites.

      Oil: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on the import into the EU of oil extracted from tar sands.

      Oil: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to encourage the sale of (a) oil, (b) petroleum and (c) electricity to Israel; what recent representations he...

      Renewables Obligation: Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of grandfathering support for bioliquids made from waste and used cooking oil under the renewables...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for what reasons the Warm Front scheme is being phased out; and if he will make a statement.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the average annual load factors achieved by wind power installations derived from Renewable Energy...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much public subsidy was paid to onshore wind farm companies for periods when it was too windy for the turbines to produce energy in...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions his Department has had with the Department for Communities and Local Government on planning regulations for onshore...

      Wind Power: Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the average cost to the public purse in subsidies was of each megawatt of electricity produced by (a) onshore wind generation and...

      Wind Power: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the monetary value was of constraint payments paid to onshore wind farm operators in Scotland in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2009-10, (c)...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business Links

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what (a) face-to-face and (b) telephone business advice services he plans to make available following the closure of Business Link.

    • Business: Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with businesses concerning lost revenue resulting from public disorder in August 2011.

      Business: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on fiscal measures to increase the level of (a) employee-owned...

      Business: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with small businesses concerning the possible effects of winter weather on those businesses.

      Capita

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many contracts his Department has awarded to Capita since May 2010; and what the (a) monetary value and (b) net worth was of...

      Clothing: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on the labelling by country of origin of clothing imported into the EU.

      Construction: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will take steps to ensure that newly-qualified workers in the construction sector trained to NVQ level 3 standards are...

      Construction: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will take steps to ensure that employers comply with national agreements on pay and conditions within the construction industry.

      Construction: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the contribution to the economy of the construction industry.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many senior civil servants in his Department at each grade had worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, Deloitte...

      Departmental Press Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many press releases his Department has issued in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the annual value is of his Department's current contracts in each sector in which contracts are held.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what contracts of a monetary value of (a) between £100,000 and £500,000, (b) between £500,000 and £1 million,...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many external training courses staff of his Department attended in the last 12 months; and what the cost to the public purse...

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his Department's preferred measure of economic growth at the local authority level is for measuring progress in implementing...

      Electronic Equipment: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what checks his Department requires to be carried out on the safety of electrical goods which are sold by retailers; what his...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on encouraging investment in green...

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether (a) he and (b) officials from his Department were represented when the decision was taken to slow down orders for tranche...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students from Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency started (a) science, (b) technology, (c) engineering and (d)...

      Higher Education: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what measures are in place to ensure that students with mental health problems in higher education institutions...

      Higher Education: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what representations he has received from private equity firms on his Department's Higher Education White Paper.

      India: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps he has taken towards establishing a free trade agreement between the EU and India.

      Korea: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the proportion of the expected increase in EU-Korea trade resulting from the EU-Korea Free Trade...

      Land Registry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of property transactions in each price band in (a) London and (b) England that were not...

      Land Rover: Wolverhampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what support he plans to provide to the proposed Jaguar Land Rover engine plant in Wolverhampton for the manufacture of...

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people in (a) Livingston constituency, (b) West Lothian local authority area and (c) Scotland paid no more than the...

      Multinational Companies: Company Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to improve transparency in financial reporting by (a) individuals, (b) companies registered in the UK and...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on proposals to reform...

      Public Houses: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) if he will consider including permission for tied publicans to opt out of the tie at each rent review in his code of...

      Research: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of trends in expenditure on research and development by companies in the last 12 months.

      Small Businesses: Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what research his Department has (a) evaluated and (b) commissioned to quantify the effects of design infringement on small...

      Student Finance England: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to review the efficiency of Student Finance England; and how many complaints Student Finance England received...

      Students Loans Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what information his Department holds on the number of occasions the Student Loans Company has reassessed a student loan...

      Students Loans Company: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many complaints were made against the Student Loans Company in each of the last five years.

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what guidance his Department issues to the Student Loans Company on determining loan and grant settlements for students who have...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what financial support is available to students who suspend their studies due to illness.

      Supermarkets: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will bring forward legislative proposals to prevent large retailers from selling items below cost price.

      Technology Strategy Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of funding provided from the Technology Strategy Board has gone to companies that are not university spin-offs.

      Theft: Metals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the effects on businesses of levels of metal theft.

      Trade Promotion: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has had discussions with UK-registered businesses involved in the Global Green Growth Forum on growth in the low...

      Trade Unions: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much has been paid to trade unions from the public purse in each of the last 10 financial years.

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many meetings officials in his Department's alcohol policy team have had with representatives of the (a) drinks industry and (b) drinks marketing...

    • Bone Marrow Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will consider introducing a scheme to encourage university students to donate a blood sample for inclusion on the bone marrow register.

      Cardiovascular System: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment he has made of the uptake of cardiac rehabilitation services in England by patients with acute myocardial infarction; and if...

      Care Homes: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what comparative assessment he has made of the annual cost to the Exchequer including housing, care, benefits and other costs of adults in (a) residential...

      Cataracts: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been refused cataract treatment since the changes to eligibility criteria.

      Childbirth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many births per full-time equivalent NHS midwife there were in each region in 2010.

      CJD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking in respect of asymptomatic carriers of vCJD.

      CJD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) at what levels suspected infectivity of vCJD would need to be reached for the Government to implement the recommendations of the Advisory Committee...

      CJD: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many units of fresh frozen plasma were issued by NHS Blood and Transplant in the latest year for which figures are available.

      CJD: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what cost was incurred by NHS Blood and Transplant in collecting, testing, processing and issuing of (a) red blood cells, (b) platelets and (c) fresh...

      Dementia: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to reduce the use of anti-psychotic medication to treat people with dementia.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of invoices from suppliers his Department paid within 10 days of receipt in July and August 2010.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) building and (b) refurbishment projects his Department plans in (i) the current and (ii) the next financial year; and what the cost of each such...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what procedures his Department uses when engaging external consultants.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on management consultants in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average amount of time taken by his Department is to reply to letters from hon. Members (a) in total and (b) of each political party.

      Departmental Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many transport-related fines his Department has settled on behalf of its staff in each year since 2007; and at what cost.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on hospitality for events hosted by each Minister in his Department in each of the last 12 months.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost of employing civil servants to undertake procurement for his Department in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11;...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress his Department has made in eliminating pre-qualification questionnaires for procurements with a value of under £100,000.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what contracts of a monetary value of (a) between £100,000 and £500,000, (b) between £500,000 and £1 million, (c) between £1...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on new furnishings in the last year.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many external training courses staff of his Department attended in the last 12 months; and what the cost to the public purse was of each course.

      Diabetes: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to help prevent childhood diabetes.

      Diabetes: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to offer blood sugar checks alongside eye tests; (2) what steps he is taking to improve early diagnosis rates for diabetes.

      Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what targets his Department has set for the reduction of non-communicable diseases.

      Donors: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on the number of schools that are using the NHS Blood and Transplants Give and Let Live blood and organ donation...

      Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding his Department has provided for research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12.

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many (a) children and (b) adults were admitted to hospital for eating disorders in each of the last five years; (2) how many (a) boys and (b)...

      Email

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether any (a) Ministers, (b) officials and (c) special advisers in his Department use private e-mail accounts for the conduct of government business.

      Food: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to reduce trans fats in food.

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) date of purchase, (b) amounts, (c) supplier and (d) level 3 or enhanced transaction entry was of each transaction undertaken by the...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Government Procurement Card transactions were made by his Department's officials withdrawing cash from automated teller machines from 2006-07 to...

      Health and Social Care Bill 2010-12

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on providing that the right of appeal for patients who are dissatisfied with the NHS service they receive can be made to a locally...

      Health and Social Care Bill 2010-12

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to ensure that the commissioning function remains a public function carried out by a public body following the...

      Health and Social Care Bill 2010-12

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to ensure that Directors of Public Health retain autonomy following the implementation of the provisions of the Health and...

      Health and Social Care Bill 2010-12

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to seek the removal of Clause 4 from the Health and Social Care Bill.

      Health and Social Care Bill 2010-12

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the potential impact of implementation of the provisions of the Health and Social Care Bill on vulnerable households; and...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to involve allied health professionals and the health clinicians in strategic planning through joint strategic needs assessments...

      Health Services: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money has been recovered from EU countries for citizens of those countries who received medical care from the NHS in the latest year for which...

      Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was paid by the UK Government to EU member states under the European Health Insurance Card scheme in each of the last five years; how much is...

      Heart Diseases: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what meetings he has had to discuss the Children's Congenital Cardiac Services Review; and how many of those meetings (a) included and (b) excluded...

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what metrics to assess the extent of late diagnosis of HIV by local authorities and primary care trusts will be contained in his Department's Public...

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will assess the potential savings to other parts of the NHS budget which could arise from increasing early diagnosis of HIV in each of the...

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration he has given to collecting and publishing data on emergency readmissions within 28 days of discharge from hospital according to...

      Hospitals: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will allow local authorities to use prudential borrowing to fund the building of new hospitals in cases where the (a) interest rate and (b) total...

      Injuries: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost to the NHS in Yorkshire and the Humber was of treatment in hospitals due to injuries inflicted by dogs in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11.

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to ensure that maternity care is commissioned on a whole-pathway basis.

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwives there are in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England.

      Multiple Sclerosis: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department plans to take steps to improve the UK's international ranking in relation to access to new treatments for multiple sclerosis; and...

      Naloxone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the name is of the manufacturer of naloxone used in the N-Alive trials in prisons.

      NHS Foundation Trusts: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his policy is on allowing all hospital trusts in England to decide what consumables they buy; (2) whether he has assessed the possibility for...

      NHS: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints his Department received concerning delays in the payment of bills by the NHS from each strategic health authority area in each month...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) societal, (b) carer and (c) other components will be considered in his Department's assessment of value under value-based pricing; and if he will...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had on the creation of a legacy scheme for the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation scheme from 1 January 2014.

      NHS: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS has spent on (a) pharmaceutical products, (b) IT equipment, (c) IT services, (d) hospital equipment and (e) management consultants in...

      NHS: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in what areas of NHS provision he expects private sector businesses to operate under his proposals for NHS reform.

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to introduce a system within the proposed new NHS structure to ensure that procurement practices achieve value for money; (2)...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions (a) he and (b) officials of his Department have had with NHS trusts on the sharing of best practice in respect of the adoption of...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of jobs in UK-based small and medium-sized enterprises that are dependent on NHS procurement or the NHS supply chain.

      NHS: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of future liabilities for NHS Trusts as a result of maintenance backlogs.

      NICE: Cost Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with the University of York on assessment of NICE cost-effectiveness thresholds.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to reduce levels of childhood obesity;

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to tackle childhood obesity.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve levels of organ donation.

      Pancreatic Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to increase pancreatic cancer survival rates.

      Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government plans to take to ensure that the interests of the patient remain the primary priority for doctors.

      Pharmacy: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will assess the efficacy of the regulatory regime that applies to pharmacy wholesalers; and whether he has any plans to alter that regulatory regime.

      Speech and Language Disorders: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what longitudinal studies on speech, language and communication his Department undertook in each of the last five years.

      Stem Cells

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the potential contribution of stem cell treatments to human health.

      Suffolk Primary Care Trust: Continuing Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on NHS Continuing Care by Suffolk Primary Care Trust since 2001.

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many letters he has received on funding for civil society organisations within his Department's area of responsibility in each month since 1 June...

      Tranquillisers: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take following his Department's recent round table meeting on involuntary tranquilliser addiction.

      Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what systems are being put in place to address drug-resistant tuberculosis in (a) England and (b) London.

      Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who will be responsible for commissioning (a) immunisation, (b) screening, (c) treatment and (d) other tuberculosis services and programmes across London...

      X-rays

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward proposals to ensure that all hospitals adopt common standards of performing and recording laboratory and x-ray investigations.

      Mental Health: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration he has given to amending the legislative provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and the Special Educational Needs and...

  • House of Lords

    • Adoption

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to remove barriers to adoption. To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they will implement to address the low levels of adoption...

    • Airports: Mobility Restrictions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they monitor the reception and treatment of passengers with mobility restrictions at Heathrow Airport and other major points of arrival.

      Bank of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when advertisements will be published for the post of Governor of the Bank of England, to be appointed upon the incumbent's retirement in 2013; and what actions...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the bail-in requirements for both new and existing issues of unsecured debt by United Kingdom banks under the proposals of the Independent Commission on...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when HM Treasury will next report on Project Merlin; and whether there are plans to introduce a successor scheme for 2012.

      Banking: Switzerland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to insist that all financial transactions between banks are subject to mandatory written confirmation within 24 hours of trade; and whether...

      Banks: Fees and Charges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of whether United Kingdom banks are now fully transparent in their explanation of all charges to personal account holders.

      Bat Khurts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what, if any, inquiries they are considering into events surrounding travel plans by Mr Bat Khurts, then a head of department of the Mongolian National Security...

      Bat Khurts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their relations with Mongolia have been impaired by the arrest of Mr Bat Khurts, then head of the Mongolian National Security Agency, in the United Kingdom...

      Belfast Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 3 October (WA 100), why they will not give their reasons for indicating that the 1998 Belfast...

      Belfast Agreement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Shutt of Greetland on 3 October (WA 100), what method was used to calculate that the human rights of British citizens have...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what emergency or other benefits will be accessible to families of individuals who have had their ordinary benefits reduced or withdrawn following a conviction for...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 3 October (WA 112), given that the review of the effectiveness of treatment for alcohol problems by the National...

      British Embassies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Ministers are directly involved in the selection of items that appear on British embassy websites; and whether they have plans to encourage ambassadors to...

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action is proposed to remove restrictions on Chagossians (Ilois) from entering Diego Garcia or other islands on the British Indian Ocean Territory.

      Colombia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Colombia with regard to promoting social prosperity in that country.

      Council Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether council tax is payable on properties that do not have adequate planning permission.

      Death Penalty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the authorities in Japan concerning the abolition of the death penalty; and what assessment they have made on the progress of...

      Death Penalty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Palestinian Authority concerning the abolition of the death penalty; and what assessment they have made on the progress of...

      Debt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they and the Office for Budget Responsibility still expect household debt to increase in each of the next three years.

      Economy: Quantitative Easing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether quantitative easing has had a more beneficial impact on high-income and high-wealth population cohorts than on low-income and low-wealth population...

      Economy: Quantitative Easing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have estimated the cost to savers of lower interest rates since the introduction of quantitative easing.

      Economy: Quantitative Easing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they propose to co-ordinate and measure the effectiveness of quantitative easing carried out by the Bank of England and credit easing carried out under the...

      Elections: Voting System

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in which Commonwealth countries United Kingdom citizens who reside there cannot vote but citizens of those countries residing in the United Kingdom can.

      Energy: Wind Turbines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to apply limits to the number of planning inquiries that can be held for any one wind turbine installation; and, if so, how the limit will be...

      Energy: Wind Turbines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to require local authorities considering planning applications for wind energy installations to publicise wind and other environmental data...

      EU: Lorries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which European Union member states currently operate, or are committed to the introduction of, lorry road user charges; whether these are time- or distance-based;...

      EU: Treaties

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the likelihood of the creation of a new European Union treaty within the next two years; and whether any such treaty would require a...

      Finance: Credit Easing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how HM Treasury will evaluate credit risk arising from credit easing; when the programme will be introduced; and when it will become fully effective.

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 15 September (WA 87), whether other treatments, such as surgery, which are not classified as medicinal products,...

      Government Departments: Consultants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was spent by the Department for International Development on consultants in the United Kingdom in each year since 1997.

      Government: Ministerial Visits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which of the official 20th anniversary celebrations for (a) Kazakhstan, (b) Kyrgyzstan, (c) Tajikistan, (d) Turkmenistan, and (e) Uzbekistan, Ministers attended or...

      Gypsies and Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made on a national policy framework for the Gypsy and Traveller community.

      Gypsies and Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to advise all appropriate authorities about how to include the needs of Gypsies, Roma and Travellers in their joint strategic needs...

      Health: Contaminated Blood Products

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 3 October (HL11916), what steps they are taking to assist widows and dependants applying to the Skipton Fund who are...

      Higher Education: Student Loans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what the level of debt default on student loans has been in each of the past three years, in terms of (a) the numbers of those defaulting, and (b) the percentage...

      House of Lords: Grand Committee

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what have been the costs incurred in making provision for the Welfare Reform Bill to be considered in Grand Committee in Committee Room 4A.

      House of Lords: Reform

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Answer by Lord McNally on 3 October (Official Report, col. 958), when they plan to publish their proposals in respect of war powers.

      House of Lords: Reform

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 3 October (WA 120), when they will publish the results of their consideration of the costs of elections to a...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions or meetings have been held with, or representations have been received from, the Northern Ireland Department of Social Development with regard to...

      Housing: Eviction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many individual tenants of local authorities or housing associations were evicted for antisocial behaviour in (a) 1995, (b) 2000, (c) 2005, and (d) 2010.

      Housing: Eviction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they propose to extend landlords' powers to evict social tenants for riot-related offences; and, if so, how. To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals...

      Human Rights: Journalists

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the incidence of violence against journalists in both conflict and non-conflict zones worldwide; what are the implications of this...

      Human Rights: Journalists

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to promote the creation of independent international legal mechanisms to protect the safety of journalists and to ensure the public and...

      Human Rights: Journalists

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what international discussions they have held regarding promoting the role of non-governmental organisations in the protection of journalists; and what was the outcome.

      Inflation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider appointing an independent party to review the Bank of England's approach to and success in forecasting inflation.

      Iraq

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Government of Iraq concerning the safety and welfare of the Palestinians remaining in Iraq.

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel about the arrest of Mr Ahmad Attoun, a deputy of the Palestinian Legislative Council; and whether...

      Kimberley Process

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what reports they have received about the Kimberley process.

      Kimberley Process

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are taking steps to make British consumers aware of blood diamonds.

      Kimberley Process

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Mozambique about the extent of illegal diamonds in that country.

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made on the restoration of oil and gas production in Libya; and when they expect the first exports to begin.

      Local Authorities: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether an equality impact assessment was undertaken prior to publication of the best value statutory guidance; if so, whether they will publish that assessment;...

      NHS: Commercialisation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take to protect the public from any adverse effects arising from commercialisation and marketisation within the National Health Service.

      NHS: Consultancy Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the total cost incurred, since May 2010, in hiring external consultants in relation to the future work and organisation of the National Health...

      NHS: Foundation Trusts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many NHS Foundation Trusts are on Monitor's critical list or are otherwise regarded by Monitor as being at risk in terms of their financial position or the...

      NHS: Waiting Times

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which hospital trusts constitute the handful whose performance has skewed the figures for diagnostic test waiting times, as reportedly claimed by the Department of...

      Northern Ireland Office: Taxis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what taxi travel was paid for by the Northern Ireland Office on Monday 3 October; who incurred the expenses; why; and who authorised them.

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord De Mauley on 3 October (WA 132), whether they consulted the Government of the Republic of Ireland over the appointment of...

      Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Garden of Frognal on 4 October (WA 203), whether they will place in the Library of the House the names of the...

      Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received any reports on the presence of Taliban fighters in Karachi; and what discussions they have had with the Government of Pakistan regarding...

      Planning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Mayor of London on the steps taken by the Greater London Authority to consult residents of Fish Island before...

      Planning: National Planning Policy Framework

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why there is no specific reference to culture in the draft national planning policy framework; and whether they have plans to amend the draft framework to reflect...

      Ports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding from local, regional and national government and the European Union was paid to the Great Yarmouth port development. To ask Her Majesty's...

      Ports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much traffic has passed through the Great Yarmouth port development since its opening.

      Prisoners: Mental Health

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the contribution counsellors and therapists can make to addressing the psychological and mental health needs of prisoners. To ask...

      Public Sector: Borrowing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the reason for the £5,914 million downward revision in public sector net borrowing in 2010-11 announced in September 2011; and how variations on this...

      Public Sector: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how public accounts will treat the Government, through quantitative easing, owning as an asset a public sector liability.

      Republic of Ireland: Financial Support

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, since they made the bilateral loan to the Republic of Ireland in 2010, what discussions have taken place with the Government of the Republic of Ireland about the...

      Rose Castle

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Church Commissioners about the future of Rose Castle.

      Severn Bridge: Tolls

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to be able to publish a report on the economic impact assessments currently being undertaken on the Severn Bridge Tolls.

      Shipping: Detentions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many commercial ships have been detained in the United Kingdom in each of the past three years (a) because they were unseaworthy, or (b) because of the pay and...

      Smoking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 30 June (WA 481) concerning the decrease in adult smoking, what is their target for the level of smoking.

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they plan to give to the new Government of South Sudan in creating stability in the country.

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the new South Sudanese Cabinet.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission Inquiry launched by the Government of Sri Lanka following the end of the war there in 2009.

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how real-time information PAYE and universal credit will link to annual tax returns involving all sources of earned and unearned income.

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many employers will be ready for real time information PAYE in March 2013.

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the software for real time information PAYE will be ready for the Department for Work and Pensions to use for universal credit.

      Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the light of the statement by the European Union Counter-Terrorism Co-ordinator on 12 September that there is no Kurdish terror risk in the European...

      Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Atlee on 13 September (WA 56), why they used a weighting of 100:1 for heavy goods vehicle and passenger service vehicle road...

      Treasure Act 1996

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 4 October (WA 207-8), when they expect to publish the consultation document on the review of the...

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Government of Turkey regarding the release on bail pending trial of Mr Muharem Erbey, President of the Diyarbakir...

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (a) members of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, and (b) the Government of Turkey, regarding the...

      UK: Greek Citizens

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have recorded an increase in the number of Greek citizens moving to reside in the United Kingdom during the past 12 months.

      Youth Justice

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much Youth Justice Board grant funding has been made available for youth offending teams or services in each London borough in each year since 2000-01, broken...

      Youth Justice

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much each local authority in London has contributed directly to the costs of its Youth Offending Team or services from its Revenue Support Grant in each year...

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