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Written answers

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Westminster Clock Tower

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what recent assessment has been made of the structural soundness and stability of...

  • Treasury

    • Business: Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to introduce credit easing for small businesses.

    • Coastal Communities Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to make a further announcement on arrangements for the coastal communities fund; and if he will make a statement.

      Coastal Communities Fund: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Welsh Government and (b) Big Lottery Fund on the use of the coastal communities fund in Wales.

      Debts: Iceland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) when he last met representatives of the Icelandic Government to discuss debts owed to the Government; (2) when he last met representatives of the...

      Departmental Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 10 October 2011, Official Report, column 126W, on departmental disclosure of information, if he will place in the Library the...

      Departmental Theft

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what items worth more than £100 were stolen from his Department in 2010-11.

      Derelict Land: Regeneration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration he has given to providing an additional fiscal incentive for brownfield redevelopment.

      Devolution

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what Barnett consequentials were paid to the devolved administrations as a result of the decision to freeze council tax in April 2011; and how much will be...

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with their counterparts in the Ministry of Defence on tranche 3B of Eurofighter.

      Financial Markets: EU Law

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the potential effects on the City of London of EU regulation of over-the-counter derivative trading.

      Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Financial Services Authority on recent trends in its use of powers under section 166 of the Financial Services and...

      Financial Services: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent progress he has made on the international implementation of the Basel III agreement.

      Gold and Foreign Exchange Reserves

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the Governor of the Bank of England on the UK's gold reserves.

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to ensure that the (a) IT and (b) other arrangements for HM Revenue and Customs real time service will be operational and fully...

      Housing Revenue Accounts: Hampshire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will estimate the amount that would be saved by Portsmouth city council as a result of the lowering of interest rates for the Housing Revenue...

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will instruct his Department not to play a role in negotiations on changes to the Local Government Pension Scheme. [R]

      Money: Counterfeit Manufacturing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he plans to take to reduce the number of counterfeit coins in circulation.

      Money: Counterfeit Manufacturing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value was of counterfeit bank notes seized in each year since 1997.

      Money: Counterfeit Manufacturing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the value of counterfeit bank notes in circulation.

      Money: Counterfeit Manufacturing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to reduce the number of counterfeit bank notes in circulation.

      National Insurance Contributions: Durham

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses in (a) Durham and (b) North West Durham constituency have participated in the national insurance contributions holiday scheme.

      NDFA Fixed Income Plan

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has considered providing compensation to holders of the NDFA Fixed Income Plan June 08 following the entry into administration of Lehman Brothers.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will increase departmental capital expenditure limits for the purposes of increasing job creation, economic productivity and potential economic growth.

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the revenue from the planned increase in public sector employee pension contributions will be paid directly into the appropriate pension fund.

      Taxation: Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his position is in respect of the discussions due to take place at the Code of Conduct Group (Business Taxation) meeting in Brussels on 20 October 2011...

      Taxation: Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the total tax revenue raised from businesses in the low carbon sector in the last financial year.

      Taxation: Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the average tax take from a small business in each of its first five years of trading in the latest period for which figures...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Prime Minister, (b) the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and (c) the Chief Secretary...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Dioxide: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the range of emission abatement costs in pounds per tonne of carbon dioxide under the feed-in tariff...

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the UK meets its emissions targets under the Climate Change Act 2008.

      Combined Heat and Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the contribution of the Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change, the hon. Member for Bexhill and Battle...

      Departmental Contracts

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

      Official Hospitality

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

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many contracts his Department has awarded directly to (a) small, (b) medium-sized and (c) large businesses in each month since May...

      Electric Cables: Design

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department has spent on the competition to design new electricity pylons; and for what purposes.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will publish a response to the Green Deal Call for Evidence published on behalf of his Department in March 2011.

      Mixed Oxide Fuel: Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will estimate the building and commissioning costs in current prices of the mixed-oxide fuel plant at Sellafield.

      Mixed Oxide Fuel: Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what targets the Mox plant at Sellafield was set for the production of mixed-oxide fuel in each year of its operation; and how many...

      Nuclear Installations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the report by HM Chief Inspector of Nuclear Installations, September 2011, paragraph 475, when he expects to receive...

      Third Sector: Correspondence

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

      Wind Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the total net cost of feed-in tariffs for wind power taking into account monetised benefits of these...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Business Tax Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with (a) HM Treasury and (b) the Northern Ireland Executive on the effect on the Northern Ireland economy of...

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the total cost to the public purse of policing alcohol-related antisocial behaviour in (a) 2009 and (b) 2010;...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of total alcohol sales in (a) 2011, (b) 2012, (c) 2013, (d) 2014 and (e) 2015.

      Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when a decision will be reached on the inclusion of legislation from the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 into the framework of...

      Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which of the measures in force under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 will be retained after the introduction into UK legislation...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many legacy asylum cases had not been resolved on the most recent date for which figures are available.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what proportion of asylum cases received a decision within six months in (a) 2009, (b) 2010 and (c) in the period from 1 January to 1...

      Asylum: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many legacy cases of individuals normally resident in the Peterborough City Council area have been granted indefinite leave to remain in...

      Debt Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will issue guidance to police forces and police authorities on the application of the provisions of the Fraud Act 2006 to (a) bailiff...

      Departmental Billing

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

      Departmental Re-location

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will estimate the total monetary value of London weightings and London living allowances for staff in her Department.

      Procurement

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

      Cyber-Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to improve cyber-security in relation to her Department's estate; and if she will make a statement.

      Sick Leave

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

      Detention Centres: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times children detained at immigration centres have been held separately from their parents for (a) less than 12 hours, (b) between...

      Forgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people have been (a) arrested and (b) charged in connection with the counterfeiting of bank notes and coins in each year since...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many legacy cases were awaiting a decision in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of progress implementing the plan for creating a border policing command; and if she will make a statement.

      Overseas Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she has received from business organisations regarding the immigration cap since 1 June 2011.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effects on passport processing times of the reduction in size of the interview office network.

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 14 September 2011, Official Report, column 1180, on prescriptions, when she expects to lay before the House the...

      Metals: Thefts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on legislation governing the sale of scrap...

      Metals: Thefts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations she has received on metal theft from (a) individuals, (b) businesses, (c) local authorities and (d) the police.

      Metals: Thefts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of metal thefts from (a) individuals, (b) businesses and (c) local authorities in each of the last...

      Metals: Thefts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the adequacy of legislation governing the sale of scrap metal.

      Metals: Thefts

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the likely effect on the level of metal theft of prohibiting cash payments for scrap metal.

      European Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to publish the outcome of the consultation on the transposition into UK law of European Directive 2010/63/EU.

      Asylum: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will assess the effects of reductions in ESOL funding for asylum seekers on their prospects for employment and integration into society.

  • Wales

    • Departmental Billing

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

    • Departmental Buildings

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

      Consultants

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

      Fines

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

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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...

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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 course.

      Third Sector

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

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what recent progress his Department has made in its efforts to assist small and medium-sized enterprises in competing for Government contracts;...

    • Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what progress has been made on creating common policies and practices for small and medium-sized enterprises involved in government procurement.

      Public Sector

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what steps his Department has taken to encourage the development of public service mutuals in its area of responsibility; and if he will make a...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Constituencies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the cumulative impact of five-yearly boundary redistributions on individual voter registration in different parts of the country.

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the potential effects of individual voter registration on the number of people registered to vote in each social category.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the timetable is for proposed changes to electoral registration in respect of the (a) 2015 general election and (b) boundary review.

      Electoral Register: Rhyl

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make an assessment of the improvement in registration rates in the West Ward of Rhyl.

  • Health

    • HIV

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures he is taking to tackle HIV nationally.

    • Ivf

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received on the availability of IVF treatment through the NHS.

      Cancer Genomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what support his Department is giving to projects to sequence cancer genomes.

      Health and Wellbeing Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that Health and Wellbeing Boards will be accountable to local communities.

      Obesity

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

      Pancreatic Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the survival rate for pancreatic cancer in the UK compared with other developed nations; and if he will make a statement.

      Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the therapeutic value of acute in-patient beds as a component of NHS mental health care; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Inequalities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to reduce health inequalities; and if he will make a statement.

      Abortion: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to bring forward draft regulations on abortion counselling; which organisations he plans to consult on such regulations; and if he will...

      Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 21 June 2011, Official Report, column 251W, on carers, what the outcomes were of the Standing Commission on Carers' visit to...

      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.

      Cystic Fibrosis: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of NHS efficiency savings on services for people with cystic fibrosis.

      Management 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 Manpower

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

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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.

      Dystonia: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans his Department has to provide for the treatment of dystonia using deep brain stimulation; (2) what plans his Department has to work with...

      General Practitioners: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GPs there were per head of the population in each primary care trust serving (a) Kent and (b) Dartford constituency in each of the last five years.

      Genito-urinary Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to retain the 48 hour access target for genito-urinary medicine clinics; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Professions: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to ensure staff in the NHS have the necessary language skills to perform their duties.

      Hospitals: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on the number of non-disclosure clauses signed by doctors in each (a) London and (b) other hospital; and what...

      Hospitals: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that NHS hospital trusts abide by his Department's guidance on the use of confidentiality clauses in compromise agreements.

      Hospitals: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the NHS is taking to reduce food waste through flexible portion sizes; and if he will make a statement.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures he plans to take to encourage patients to have an influenza vaccination in 2011; and whether an influenza awareness campaign will take place...

      Low Birthweight Babies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of maternal stress on the incidence of low birthweight babies.

      Lung Diseases: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had on research funding for interstitial lung diseases with (a) the British Lung Foundation, (b) the Epidemiology and...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to increase the support that women who experience miscarriages receive from the NHS; what measures he will take to improve training for...

      Meningitis: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to improve the (a) treatment and (b) aftercare of individuals diagnosed with meningitis; (2) what steps he is...

      Midwives: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwives are employed by the NHS; and whether he has plans to increase the number of midwives.

      Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to introduce a national strategy for musculoskeletal diseases; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS Foundation Trusts: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the responsibilities are of the Care Quality Commission and Monitor in respect of the regulation of foundation trusts; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to reduce NHS hospital indebtedness.

      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: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what penalties the NHS has incurred through cancelling or terminating contracts within the Connecting for Health programme since April 2010.

      NHS: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the net savings to the public purse arising from the termination of any contracts within the Connecting for Health programme...

      NHS: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the net saving to the NHS of the termination of planned but uncontracted future work within the Connecting for Health programme.

      NHS: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent estimate he has made of the extent of the NHS estate that will be transferred to private providers under the provisions of the Health...

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the savings to the public purse arising from the implementation of the Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention programme.

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to protect frontline NHS services following implementation of the Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention programme.

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what process his Department followed in considering the scientific evidence relating to the calorie reduction pledge of the responsibility deal; if he...

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what system is used to record decisions taken in advance about end-of-life care; (2) what systems are used in the NHS to record patient preference...

      Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the number of unwanted pregnancies which remained unwanted by the mother at the time of birth of the baby in the latest...

      Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to put in place a right to provide for public sector workers to take over the running of services; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to encourage the development of public service mutuals in its area of responsibility; and if he will make a statement.

      Responsibility Deals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has made for the long-term future of responsibility deals.

      Royal Shrewsbury Hospital: Princess Royal Hospital Telford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what weighting is given to submissions made to the consultation on the re-configuration of services between the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princess...

      Sexually Transmitted Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many (a) males and (b) females aged (i) 10, (ii) 11, (iii) 12, (iv) 13, (v) 14, (vi) 15, (vii) 16, (viii) 17, (ix) 18, (x) 19, (xi) 20 and (xii)...

      Sexually Transmitted Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much the NHS spent on treatment of sexually-transmitted diseases in (a) males and (b) females in each year since 1999; [R] (2) how much was...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received from operators of cigarette vending machines on the implementation of the ban on such machines from 1 October 2011.

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much direct funding his Department has allocated to each civil society organisation in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13, (d) 2013-14 and (e)...

      Tuberculosis: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of tuberculosis have been diagnosed in (a) the London borough of Bexley and (b) London since 2010.

      Wi-Fi: Health Hazards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects on the health of (a) humans and (b) animals of multiple wi-fi networks which are operational 24 hours a day in...

  • Justice

    • Departmental Billing

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

    • Fines

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

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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.

      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 (1) in respect of how many offences of (a) possession and...

      Drugs: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in Dartford constituency have been convicted of offences related to (a) possession and (b) supply of illegal drugs of each classification...

      Legal Representation: Police Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the Resolution of the House of 14 September 2011, on Access to a Lawyer, what his policy is on the right of access to a lawyer at a police...

      Magistrates' Courts: Barry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many letters he has received regarding the closure of Barry magistrates court.

      Peterborough Prison: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the Building Skills for Recovery substance misuse programme at HMP Peterborough; and if he will make a statement.

      Prison Sentences: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice in how many cases his Department has paid compensation to (a) prisoners and (b) offenders who are not in prison, following complaints about their...

      Prison Sentences: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners have challenged their prison sentence on human rights grounds in each of the last five years.

      Prisoners: Indonesia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many Indonesian nationals are currently held in UK prisons.

      Prisons: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what estimate his Department has made of the average cost of a prisoner place bought by the National Offender Management Service from each...

      Prisons: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reason staff in the contracted out prison estate are not able to participate in national control and restraint teams; and if he will make a...

      Prisons: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent progress he has made in reducing delays in the transfer of assets between the prison public and contracted out estate; and if he will make a...

      Squatting: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to help protect property owners from squatters.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Brighton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Brighton Pavilion constituency, the effects...

    • Broadband: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what information his Department holds on the number of households in each income decile in Scotland which have access to...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many contracts his Department has awarded directly to third sector organisations in each month since May 2010; what the...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many contracts his Department has awarded directly to (a) small, (b) medium-sized and (c) large businesses in each month...

      Cyber-Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to improve cyber-security in relation to his Department's estate; and if he will make a...

      Film Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much money his Department allocated to support the British film industry through (a) the National Lottery, (b)...

      Local Broadcasting: Radio

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport for what reasons community radio organisations in Liverpool are excluded from making applications for community radio licences...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the potential economic value to the UK of the deployment of long-term evolution mobile technology.

  • Attorney-General

    • Consultants

      To ask the Attorney-General what procedures the Law Officers' Departments use when engaging external consultants.

    • Consultants

      To ask the Attorney-General how many consultants were employed in each of the Law Officers' Departments in each of the last three years; and from which companies.

      Consultants

      To ask the Attorney-General how much expenditure each of the Law Officers' Departments incurred on consultancy in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Attorney-General how much the Law Officers' Departments spent on newspapers, periodicals and trade profession magazines in 2010-11.

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Attorney-General for how many days on average staff of the Law Officers' Departments in each pay grade were absent from work as a result of ill health in 2010-11.

  • Defence

    • Defence Business Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to appoint a new partner for Defence Business Services.

    • AlixPartners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions his Department has had with the Cabinet Office's Efficiency and Reform Group in connection with the appointment of AlixPartners.

      Armed Forces: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of trends in the number of charities supporting the armed forces since 2003.

      Armed Forces: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of armed forces personnel were women in each (a) service and (b) rank in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Armed Forces: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what financial support is available for armed forces personnel returning to civilian life who began serving before 2005 but who have fewer than 20 years...

      Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the outcome of his Department's basing review on the Defence Medical Services in Scotland.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on rent for private sector accommodation for use by armed forces personnel in (a) 2007, (b) 2008, (c) 2009 and (d) 2010.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) length of contract and (b) other terms are of the private finance initiative with Bannockburn Homes Ltd in respect of service family...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason there will be a three-year pause in the upgrade of service family accommodation properties from 2013.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department received in income from charging armed forces personnel for use of accommodation rented from the private sector in (a) 2007, (b)...

      Armed Forces: Private Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the outcome of the basing review on levels of continuing educational allowance claimed in Scotland.

      Armed Forces: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel have applied to be considered for redundancy since May 2010; and what assessment he has made of the effect of redundancy...

      Armed Forces: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will allow families of members of the armed forces facing redundancy to remain in their current location until the decisions on such redundancies...

      Armed Forces: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements he plans to put in place to ensure that military personnel in all parts of Scotland have access to similar facilities to those provided...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for personnel using the Maritime Composite Training System to conduct live training with service personnel from foreign nations using...

      Armed Forces: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed forces under the age of 18 years saw active service in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Piranha 10x10 armoured vehicles his Department has acquired under urgent operational requirements; from which countries such vehicles were...

      BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effect of reductions in his Department's expenditure on the level of its contracts with BAE Systems; and if he will...

      Civil Society Department: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the monetary value of the maintenance backlog on his Department's estate in each of the last five years; and what estimate...

      Fines

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many civilian employees, including civil servants, his Department has employed on average in each year since 2005.

      Procurement

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

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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.

      Depleted Uranium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the provision of funding for research and development on the potential health implications for the general population arising from...

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 5 September 2011, Official Report, column 84W, on European Fighter Aircraft, what estimate his Department has made of the cost...

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 5 September 2011, Official Report, column 84W, on European Fighter Aircraft, whether his Department obtained a pre-sale...

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the flying time is of Typhoon aircraft stationed at RAF Leuchars to each of the training ranges currently used; and what estimate he has made of the...

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's policy is on the creation of an EU permanent operational headquarters.

      Ex-servicemen: Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what support his Department is providing to veterans of the Falklands conflict.

      Ex-servicemen: Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to (a) commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Falklands conflict and (b) support veterans of the conflict wishing to...

      Ex-servicemen: Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department has taken to discuss the 30th anniversary of the Falklands conflict with veterans of the conflict.

      Ex-servicemen: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress has been made on the production of a medal for veterans of the Arctic convoys.

      Ex-servicemen: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to encourage former service personnel to become teachers.

      Guided Weapons: Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the Talon Laser Guided Rocket for use on the Apache helicopter.

      Gulf War Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what research his Department plans to commission on Gulf War illnesses up to 2015.

      Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what future (a) funding provision and (b) staffing structure he has set for the Medical Assessment Centre at St Thomas’ hospital in London.

      Joint Supply Chain Services Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans any future sale of the components of the Joint Supply Chain Services group.

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many (a) Paveway II bombs, (b) Paveway IV bombs, (c) Dual Mode Brimstone missiles, (d) Hellfire missiles, (e) 30mm cannon rounds, (f) CRV7...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much he expects to be saved in (a) Resource departmental expenditure limit, (b) Capital DEL, (c) annually-managed expenditure and (d) in total by (i)...

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what discussions he plans to have with (a) City of Edinburgh Council and (b) West Lothian Council on the development of military accommodation at...

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) learning or education, (b) exercise and (c) other facilities are planned for the new base at Kirknewton.

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he expects the Royal Military Police based at Edinburgh Castle to be moved as part of the outcome of the basing review; and where they will be...

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment he has made of the likely effects on service families of movement of service children between Scottish and English education...

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the amount of service family accommodation which will be required under the proposed new employment model in (a) Edinburgh...

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what work will be required to be completed at RAF Lossiemouth to enable Typhoons to be based there; and what recent estimate he has made of the date by...

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has for the future of the Castlelaw/Dreghorn training area following the outcome of the basing review.

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has for the provision of information services to military personnel from Edinburgh, Stirling, Glasgow and elsewhere following...

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to his Department's Strategic Defence and Security Review, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) personnel capacity and (b)...

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many accommodation units there are for personnel serving in the (a) RAF, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Army at bases in the UK; and if he will make a statement.

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the possible effect on the market values of his Department's Craigiehall, Dreghorn and Redford sites of all three sites...

      Military Bases: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the maintenance costs were of empty service family accommodation in (a) Edinburgh and (b) Scotland in each of the last five years.

      Military Bases: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of service family accommodation is empty in (a) Edinburgh and (b) Scotland.

      Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the potential effects of changes to the Ministry of Defence Police budget on its ability to police and secure his...

      Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the skills (a) that the training of Ministry of Defence Police confers and (b) provided by privately trained...

      Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what specialist roles in relation to the UK nuclear deterrent are carried out by the Ministry of Defence Police; and what plans he has for their future.

      Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Ministry of Defence Police's Criminal Investigation Department in (a) preventing...

      Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions the Ministry of Defence Police have been deployed overseas (a) in support of military operations by HM Forces and (b) on training...

      MOD St Athan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what services and facilities are available for injured armed forces personnel at MOD St Athan; and if he will make a statement.

      NATO: Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (a) when and (b) from what location the global positioning system was disabled in UK waters during the NATO joint Warrior Exercise 112.

      RAF Lossiemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what date he has set for RAF Lossiemouth to undertake northern quick reaction alert duties.

      Royal Fleet Auxiliary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Mid Sussex (Mr Soames) of 15 September 2011, Official Report, columns 1300-01W, on the Navy,...

      Service Pupil Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions his Department has had with the Scottish Government on the introduction of the service pupil premium for service children attending...

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) with reference to his Department's Strategic Defence and Security Review, what proportion of the increase in the size of the Territorial Army will...

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of the Territorial Army is made up of regular attendees.

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what plans he has to provide incentives for large employers to promote membership of the Territorial Army to their employees; (2) what plans he...

      Territorial Army: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Territorial Army members were recruited in 2010-11.

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much funding provided by his Department to the third sector has been spent in Wales to provide services and facilities to injured and sick (a)...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) from which locations his Department operates its Hermes 450 system; (2) where the Hermes 450 system is deployed.

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether he expects the current arrangements with Israel in respect of the Hermes 450 system to continue until the deployment of the Watchkeeper;...

      USA: Hawk Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost will be in total for two Royal Air Force Hawk fighter jets on tour in the US; and whether his Department will recover those costs from BAE...

  • Transport

    • A17

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans her Department has to develop proposals for the dualling of the A17 between Newark and Sleaford.

    • Blue Badge Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will introduce fixed-term blue badges for people who have a temporary disability following an accident.

      British Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost to the public purse was of all payments made and benefits in kind given to former employees of British Rail in each year since 1997.

      Bus Services: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information her Department holds on the number of bus quality contracts that have been issued by (a) his Department and (b) local authorities...

      Crossrail Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what weighting she expects to give to the credit rating of bidders in the procurement of rolling stock for Crossrail.

      Sick Leave

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

      Gatwick Airport Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons she has rejected the request from Southern Railways to vary its franchise so that it is not obliged to install gates at Gatwick...

      Large Goods Vehicles: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many motorcyclists have (a) incurred injuries and (b) been killed in a road traffic accident involving a heavy goods vehicle in each of the last...

      Parking: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent consideration she has given to amending legislation to allow local authorities access to overseas driver and vehicle registration data to...

      Procurement: Questionnaires

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

      Railways: Ipswich

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information her Department holds on the number of single rail journeys made between Ipswich and London Liverpool Street Station in each year since...

      Roads: Severe Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether she plans to maintain the number of winter treatment routes in the area 10 network.

      Roads: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if she will assess the capacity of the private sector to provide capital for the building of roads in place of the public sector; (2) whether...

      Roads: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment has been made through roadside checks of levels of compliance with legal requirements relating to weights, condition of vehicles...

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether she has provided guidance to Bombardier to assist them in bidding for future rolling stock procurement contracts tendered by her Department.

      Thameslink: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the determining factors were in the selection of Siemens as preferred bidder for the Thameslink contract; and if she will make a statement.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department will take to ensure the proper representation of women at the International Afghanistan Conference in...

    • Afghanistan: Females

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

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he has any plans to discuss with his (a) Mauritian and (b) US counterpart the British Indian Ocean Territory.

      British Indian Ocean Territory

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions officials in his Department have had with their (a) Mauritian and (b) US counterparts on the British...

      Procurement

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

      Procurement

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

      Foreign Investment in the UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the extent to which his Department focuses on promoting trade and inward investment.

      Ghana: Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Ghanaian nationals have been deported from the UK to Ghana in each of the last 10 years.

      International Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of progress towards his Department's objective of (a) doubling trade with India, (b)...

      Israel: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what prior agreement was reached between the Government and the Government of Israel on special mission status for the visit to...

      Israel: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what occasions special mission status has been granted to visiting politicians of opposition parties in Israel in the last 10...

      Israel: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions have been held with the Government of Israel on the granting of special mission status to Israeli opposition...

      Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what occasions special mission status has been granted to visiting politicians of opposition parties in each of the last five...

      Syria: Arms Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to prevent the export of arms to Syria.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Coastal Access Pathway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish her timetable for development of the coastal access pathway in (a) the north-east and (b) England.

    • Coastal Access Pathway

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she plans to publish a timetable for the creation of the English coastal path; and if she will make a statement.

      Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what timetable she has set for the development of the biodiversity offsetting pilots.

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to publish on her Department's website details of ministerial meetings in 2011.

      Elephants: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what agreements were reached on a decision-making mechanism for any future ivory sales at the CITES Standing Committee...

      Fly-tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost to the public purse of dealing with fly-tipping (a) nationally and (b) in Yorkshire was in each of the last...

      Fly-tipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many incidents of fly-tipping were reported in each local authority area in the north-west in each of the last five years...

      Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the performance of Keep Britain Tidy in the last 10 years; and if she will make a...

      Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information her Department holds on the level of litter in each year since 2001.

      Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding her Department has given directly to (a) Keep Britain Tidy and (b) other anti-litter initiatives in each...

      Litter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will consider providing greater powers to local authorities to deal with people caught littering.

      Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice her Department has provided to the Environment Agency's National Permitting Centre on compliance with the...

      Recycling: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much her Department spends on educational projects directly associated with recycling; (2) what funding her...

      Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to help increase levels of access to the coastline.

      Sewage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she plans to publish her Department's consultation on the registration of small domestic sewage discharges from septic tanks.

      Wild Boar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what scientific advice her Department has received on the efficacy of a cull of wild boar on land managed by the Forestry...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to deal with disreputable builders.

    • Construction: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many (a) deaths and (b) injuries have been caused by the failure of (i) freestanding and (ii) retaining walls in each...

      Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what transitional arrangements have been made with the Home Office for the transfer of responsibility for the Prevent strategy.

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has received representations concerning (a) the Big Society Bank, (b) the Work programme and (c) volunteering since...

      Empty Properties: Redditch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans his Department has to redevelop empty properties in Redditch and the west midlands.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effect of (a) increasing longevity, (b) net immigration, (c) average size of household and...

      Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department is on schedule to release the next Housing Subsidy Determination on 11 November 2011; and on what date he...

      Inform: Finance

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

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what definition he will use for the purposes of the National Planning Strategy for (a) countryside, (b) green area and (c)...

      Private Rented Housing: Faulty Appliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions he has had with the Electrical Safety Council on (a) Part P of the Building Regulations and (b) fire risks of...

      Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what steps he is taking to put in place a right to provide for public sector workers to take over the running of services;...

      Social Rented Housing: Environmental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will take steps to permit environmental health officers to provide abatement orders to social landlords.

      Social Rented Housing: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department has set a target for (a) the level of new build of and (b) the net increase in social housing.

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 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 Communities and Local Government how much direct funding his Department provided to each civil society organisation it funded in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c)...

  • International Development

    • Adaptation Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development for what reasons his Department cannot accept public donations to the United Nations Adaptation Fund.

    • Afghanistan: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 8 September 2011, Official Report, column 768W, on Afghanistan: reconstruction, what the breakdown of...

      Departmental Billing

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

      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 Afghanistan (i) in each team...

      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 Pakistan (i) in each team and...

      Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many officials in his Department are currently stationed in (a) British Overseas Territories and (b) the Turks and Caicos Islands.

      Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many full-time equivalent officials in his Department were responsible for investigating fraud in each of the last three years; and...

      Developing Countries: Tax Evasion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will bring forward proposals to reduce the dependency of developing countries on international aid; what recent assessment he has...

      Developing Countries: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to assist developing countries to collect taxes they are owed by multi-national companies.

      E-mail

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

      Ghana

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many officials of his Department are posted to Ghana.

      Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what meetings (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with oil companies since January 2011; and if he will publish the...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what consultation takes place with local communities in developing countries when implementing policies encouraged and funded by...

      Pakistan: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the extent of monsoon flooding in the Pakistani province of Sindh; and what assistance his Department is...

      Population: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans he has to tackle the negative effects of rapid population growth on sustainable development.

      Sierra Leone

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he plans to visit Sierra Leone.

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what estimate he has made of the average cost of converting a school to academy status in the latest period for which figures are available; (2)...

    • Academies: Hertfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many primary schools have converted to academy status in (a) Hertfordshire and (b) England since May 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many businesses in the (a) public and (b) private sector are offering apprenticeships to (i) 16 to 18 year olds and (ii) 19 to 24 year olds in...

      Crimes of Violence: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will respond to the UN Global Survey on Violence against Children; and if he will place in the Library a copy of his response.

      Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what consideration he gave to the gender balance of his Department's National Curriculum review panel.

      Curriculum: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department has given consideration to adding texts to the National Curriculum in order to enhance the teaching of history relating to women.

      Curriculum: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (a) to what extent and (b) in what way his Department's review of the National Curriculum will consider the inclusion of literary, mathematical or...

      Consultants

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

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) whether his Department conducted a public procurement process for the provision of services to free schools from July 2011; (2) when his...

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education on what date he plans to publish his decision on applications for free schools wishing to open in 2012.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of applications to set up a free school have been rejected; and for what reasons in each case.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many meetings on free schools (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) civil servants in his Department have had with (i) the New Schools...

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to commence a new round of funding for further education college capital projects.

      Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will introduce measures to improve the operation of local safeguarding children boards to take account of the conclusions of the ‘Out of...

      Schools: Bullying

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

      Schools: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what progress his Department has made on identifying annual expenditure on insurance across the school estate; and if he will make a statement.

      Science: GCSE

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of pupils who achieved grades A to C in (a) biology, (b) physics and (c) chemistry at GCSE in 2011 who are...

      Teachers: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many former service personnel have (a) applied for and (b) been enrolled in the Troops to Teachers programme.

      Teachers: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many teaching staff there are per child in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England.

      Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effect of changes to teachers' pension arrangements on the ability of teachers to move between the state and...

      Video Games: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what discussions his Department has had with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on the Livingstone Hope Skills review.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Access to Work Programme: Barking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) in what (a) industries and (b) occupations people have been placed on the Work programme in Barking constituency to date; (2) how many...

    • Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent representations he has received on the way that Atos Healthcare carry out their assessments on behalf of his Department; and what...

      Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when his Department's contract with Atos to carry out assessments for employment and support allowance will expire.

      Carbon Monoxide: Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to provide information to the public on the (a) risk and (b) prevention of carbon monoxide poisoning.

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many times the Child Support Agency has not provided information within the timescale requested to the (a) Independent Case Examiner and...

      Construction: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has made an assessment of levels of awareness and understanding of the Health and Safety Executive's construction,...

      Construction: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to implement the recommendation of his Department's report, entitled “One Death is too Many: inquiry into the Underlying...

      Departmental Billing

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

      Official Hospitality

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

      Procurement

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

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has budgeted for penalties for the early termination of contracts under (a) the flexible new deal and (b) pathways to work.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the likely level of redundancies in the Housing Benefit Service after the universal credit becomes fully operational.

      Disability Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households with children receive the (a) severe disability premium, enhanced disability premium and support component of employment...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were in receipt of employment and support allowance in each month since May 2010.

      Employment and Support Allowance: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to allow students who have to take time off university for cancer treatment to access employment and support allowance without...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what evidence he took into account when making the decision to limit employment and support allowance payments to one year for cancer...

      Employment Schemes: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to ensure that the Work programme will support jobseekers entering employment with the costs of travelling to work...

      Employment: Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) County Durham and (b) North West Durham constituency were placed in employment through the Future Jobs Fund between...

      Government Procurement Card

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

      Housing Benefit: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect of the housing benefit cap on women living in Birmingham, Ladywood constituency.

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the situation faced by individuals who have had jobseeker’s support withdrawn as a result of enrolling on...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of individuals who have stopped receiving jobseekers allowance in each month of the last two years as a...

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Social Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many care workers claimed jobseeker's allowance in the last (a) month and (b) 12 months.

      Mining: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the likelihood of a conflict of interest arising from the Health and Safety Executive Mines and Quarries Unit...

      Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department has made of the costs to business of musculoskeletal conditions in the work force.

      Musculoskeletal Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department has made of the potential saving to the public purse of reducing the number of people diagnosed with...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many couples who receive pension credit include one partner who is under the qualifying age for pension credit; and what the average...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the potential savings arising from the provision in schedule 2, paragraph 64, of the Welfare Reform Bill to...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will bring forward proposals to introduce a pro rata system for pension payments; what recent representations he has received on the...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 10 October 2011, Official Report, column 251W, on social security benefits: EU nationals, how much was paid in...

      Social Security Benefits: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the contribution by the Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions, the hon. Member for Thornbury and Yate (Steve Webb) of...

      Social Security Benefits: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much and what proportion of the welfare budget is spent in Scotland.

      Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he plans to take to implement the recommendation of Dame Carol Black's Review entitled Working for a healthier tomorrow.

      Third Sector

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

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of transferring to the universal credit system.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what action will be taken in cases where a partner receiving universal credit on behalf of a couple are found to be (a) abusive of the other...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to paragraph 3(d) of the revised version of Universal Credit Policy Briefing Note 2, 12 September 2011, in what situation all or...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether money management advice will be provided to universal credit recipients moving from fortnightly to monthly payments; what form any such...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have failed to attend a work capability assessment (WCA) appointment arranged by Atos Healthcare on behalf of his Department...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department recognises fibromyalgia for the purposes of the work capability assessment.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance his Department has issued to Atos-approved healthcare professionals in relation to fibromyalgia and the work capability assessment.

      Work Capability Assessment: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to ensure that adults with autism are accompanied to assessments by another person to ensure that assessments are fair.

      Working Conditions: Temperature

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will bring forward proposals to set a maximum permitted working temperature.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Competition Commission: Enterprise Act 2002

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department retains powers to refer the newspaper distributor sector to the Competition Commission under the...

    • Apprentices: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many creative apprenticeships are being undertaken by people resident in Birmingham, Ladywood constituency.

      BAE Systems: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to assist apprentices affected by the redundancies announced by BAE Systems in finding new...

      Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will take steps to increase the number of employee-owned businesses.

      Business: Audit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of audit committees in (a) highlighting risks within a business, (b)...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills 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 Business, Innovation and Skills what (a) building and (b) refurbishment projects his Department plans to carry out in (i) 2011-12 and (ii) 2012-13; and what the...

      Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many transport-related fines his Department and its predecessors have settled on behalf of its staff in each year since 2007;...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) full- and (b) part-time staff his Department employed in each year since 1997.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department spent on new furnishings in the last year.

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills 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.

      E-mail

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

      English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent progress has been made on arrangements for English for speakers of other languages funding for asylum seekers.

      English Language: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what representations he has received from further education colleges on English for speakers of other languages funding since 1...

      Export Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether an exporter who discovers after having completed required self-rating checks that the export goods are controlled is...

      Export Credits Guarantee Department: Government Procurement Card

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

      Export Credits Guarantee: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effects on the UK of the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the...

      Further Education: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students were enrolled in further education in Birmingham, Ladywood constituency (a) on 1 September 2011 and (b) in each...

      Further Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps (a) he and (b) the Higher Education Funding Council for England plan to take to ensure that universities continue to...

      Further Education: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many universities plan to stop validating higher education qualifications in further education colleges in 2012-13; which...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to ensure that Government procurement supports domestic (a) industry, (b) skills, (c)...

      Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 7 September 2011, Official Report, columns 716-7W, on copyright, what assessment he has made of the...

      Mature Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he has taken to provide financial support for mature students following changes to the Adult Learning Grant.

      Military Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of reports of the use of UK-supplied military equipment for the repression of protestors in Bahrain;...

      Multinational Companies: Company Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what representations his Department has made to the (a) G20 and (b) G77 on requiring the publication by multinational companies...

      Overseas Trade: Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what support his Department is providing to small and medium-sized enterprises developing trade links with Nigeria.

      Patents: Applications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will bring forward proposals to amend the regulatory regime in respect of patent applications for the purposes of...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many post offices have (a) opened and (b) closed in (i) England, (ii) Scotland, (iii) Wales and (iv) Northern Ireland since...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of the urban population lived within one mile of a post office or sub-post office in (a) Scotland, (b) England,...

      Retail Trade: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions his Department has had on the potential for legislating against the retail practice of loss leaders in respect...

      Retail Trade: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to prevent electrical dealers in the retail market from offering products...

      Supermarkets: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he plans to take to protect small local businesses from dominance by large chain supermarkets.

      UK Trade and Investment: Welsh Assembly Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on what dates UK Trade and Investment had discussions with the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Technology in the Welsh...

      Young People: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many young people aged between 16 and 24 years old were not in education, employment or training in (a) England, (b) the west...

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Under-18s

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will require young soldiers to make a legal application to remain in the Army when they reach the age of 18.

    • Autism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they have given to local authority learning disability teams in respect of the assessment of needs of, and provision of services to, people on the...

      Aviation: Passenger Duty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether restrictions exist within (a) United Kingdom, and (b) international, law to prevent the banding for air-passenger duty being changed from one which is...

      Banking: Northern Rock

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will rule out selling their investment in Northern Rock to private equity and other financial purchasers at a valuation where the company's projected...

      Banking: Switzerland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the losses at UBS will lead to a reduction in the tax revenue they will receive from the bank.

      Benefits: Disability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many individuals are receiving the higher rate mobility component of disability living allowance; and what is the total annual cost of (a) the disability...

      Children: Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to increase counselling services for children in care.

      Children: Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average cost per week for a child placed in the care of a local authority.

      Children: Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to increase the funding provided to local authorities to meet the cost of emergency accommodation and children placed in the care of local...

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what position they intend to adopt on a proposal to establish a green climate fund at the United Nations Climate summit in November 2011; and what steps they are...

      Crime: Bail

      To ask Her Majesty's Government under what circumstances a defendant may be bailed where the charge is of a serious sexual or violent nature and is stalking-related.

      Education: Languages

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the way in which the educational benefits of bilingualism and multilingualism can be promoted by a greater recognition within the...

      Energy: Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to increase the United Kingdom's share of the enhanced European Union target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent.

      Energy: Nuclear Fuel Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support the creation of a nuclear fuel bank; and, if so, whether they consider that Kazakhstan would be an appropriate host.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to assist vulnerable consumers affected by large energy price increases this winter.

      Energy: Wind Turbines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have an independent and open procedure for regularly reviewing the reliability of the prediction methods for statistics of available wind energy,...

      Energy: Wind Turbines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the net carbon savings of installed and projected wind turbine systems compare with those of the planned nuclear power stations in the United Kingdom over the...

      Energy: Wind Turbines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what studies they are conducting or planning to initiate on the health and environmental impacts of wind turbine installations; and how will the results be...

      Energy: Wind Turbines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what studies they are undertaking to investigate low frequency vibrations near wind turbine installations and their effects on people's well-being; and what data...

      Finance: Credit Easing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their plans for credit easing will be sufficiently well developed to be properly considered by the Office for Budget Responsibility in advance of the...

      Finance: Exchange Traded Funds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether synthetic exchange-traded funds are suitable investments for marketing to retail investors in the United Kingdom under the rules laid out in the...

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 11 August (WA 405), whether the mean figure of 2.13 which they cited for decayed, missing and filled teeth among...

      Food: Global Sustainability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in applying the recommendations of the Government Office for Science's report The Future of Food and Farming: Challenges and choices...

      Food: Production

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the global impact of biofuel production on food production; what the consequences are for food storage across the world; and what action...

      Food: Production

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what studies the Department for International Development have made of the outcome of the Zero Hunger campaign in Brazil, and of whether there are lessons to be...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to address the current shortages of medicine and medical supplies in Gaza.

      Gulf War Illnesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current position regarding British research into Gulf War illness.

      Gulf War Illnesses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many veterans of the 1990-91 Gulf War awarded a war pension have Gulf War illness or syndrome included as one of the conditions for their award.

      Health: Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve survival rates for pancreatic cancer. To ask Her Majesty's Government what aspects of the proposals for NHS reform will...

      Justice: Criminal Records

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any assessment of the numbers of people rejected for employment by potential employers, including voluntary organisations, as a result of...

      Law of Property Act 1925

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 27 June (WA 374), whether they have received representations from individuals or companies adversely affected by...

      Media: SC4

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Rawlings on 5 October (Official Report, col. 1127-8), whether they will take measures to ensure that the total funding for S4C...

      NHS: Primary Care Trusts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the East of England Strategic Health Authority sought Government approval to (a) discontinue, and (b) amalgamate, primary care trusts in its area. To ask...

      NHS: Primary Care Trusts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether it is their policy to (a) discontinue, or (b) amalgamate, primary care trusts, ahead of the appropriate legislation being passed by Parliament. To ask Her...

      Pakistan: Floods

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they and other Commonwealth members are helping Pakistan following recent large-scale floods.

      Parliamentary Constituencies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the cost to date of the Boundary Commission's work on the proposed new parliamentary constituencies for England and Northern Ireland.

      Railways: Gatwick Express

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what monitoring they have carried out on levels of satisfaction with the service provided by Gatwick Express trains.

      Railways: Intercity Express and Electrification

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Atlee on 4 October (WA 205-6), whether they consider the most economical solution to be to electrify as far as Swansea and...

      Retail: Bookshops

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the contribution to the social and economic health of towns and communities made by independent local bookshops, and of the...

      Severe Winter Weather

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the operators of United Kingdom airports of plans to keep them open in the event of heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures...

      Shipping: Fires

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of recent policy decisions regarding the future of the Maritime Incident Response Group, who will provide the response to maritime fire incidents in...

      Shipping: Working Conditions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what safeguards exist or are proposed to ensure that the crews of ships using British ports are paid in full and on time, that their working hours are reasonable...

      Somalia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to take measures to ensure that political obstacles to effective humanitarian and development assistance to the people of Somalia are removed.

      Somalia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have studied the recommendations by Somalia South-Central Non-State Actors, funded by the Department for International Development, following its July...

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Department for International Development's work in South Sudan includes measures to promote tribal tolerance in that country; and if so, what are those...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the humanitarian situation in Sudan.

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are investigating the role played by United Kingdom banks in marketing Structured Trust Advantaged Repackaged Securities as a method to avoid or evade tax.

      Transport: Coaches

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the coach concessionary travel scheme costs; and what analysis they have made of the impact of removing this scheme on (a) the ability of disabled people...

      Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how self-employed workers will access universal credit.

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