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Written answers

Monday, 24 October 2011

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Arab States: Islam

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect of sectarian divisions between Sunni and Shia Muslims on political reform and...

    • Bahrain: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Government of Bahrain on the subject of human rights.

      Egypt: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to encourage the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces in Egypt to comply with the Camp David...

      Iceland: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what sanctions are available to the Government in its pursuit of the repayment of debts owed to UK businesses, local authorities...

      Libya: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with leaders of the Libyan National Transitional Council on the treatment of (a) civilians...

      Libya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what advice his Department is providing to the Libyan authorities on the security situation in that country.

      Middle East: Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the likelihood of the restoration of gas supplies from Egypt to Israel; and if he will make a...

      Middle East: Pipelines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has discussed with his Egyptian counterpart the recent bombings of the Arish-Ashkelon pipeline; and if he will make a...

      Middle East: Pipelines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance the Government can provide to the governments of (a) Egypt and (b) Israel in respect of reopening the...

      Palestinians: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on hunger strikes by Palestinians in prison in Israel; and if he will make a statement.

      Palestinians: Recognition of States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of progress at the UN on the application by the Palestinian Authority for recognition as a state.

      Sri Lanka: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of the state of (a) emergency and (b) anti-terrorism laws in Sri Lanka.

      Western Sahara: Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will ask the European Commission to conduct an inquiry into whether the local Saharawi population has benefited from the...

  • Wales

    • Adam Werritty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many times she met Mr Adam Werritty on official occasions.

    • Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much her Department has spent on first class travel by (a) air, (b) boat and (c) train since May 2010.

      Offences Against Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions she has had with the Welsh Government on legislation on the smacking of children in Wales.

  • Prime Minister

    • Departmental Voluntary Work

      To ask the Prime Minister what volunteering he has undertaken as part of the One Day Challenge; what the nature of the work undertaken was; on what dates it took place; and what the names were of...

    • Government Departments: Data Protection

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will order a review of Government document security.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the potential effect on animal welfare of the commercial breeding of dogs and cats.

    • Cheese

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect of the recent growth of the cheese industry on the economy.

      Eggs: Origin Marking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what arrangements her Department has in place to enable the tracing of eggs and egg products back to the farm of origin for...

      Meat: Exports and Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps she is taking to increase exports of meat; (2) whether she has any plans to discuss with foreign...

      Sheep: Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she is having with her EU counterparts to ensure that farmers are not financially penalised due to...

  • Health

    • Ambulance Services: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the average response time was for an ambulance to an emergency call-out in (a) Suffolk, (b) Mid-Suffolk district council area, (c) Babergh...

    • Arthritis: Physiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will take steps to ensure that rheumatoid arthritis-related physiotherapy services are not disproportionately affected by plans to make...

      Breast Cancer: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to raise the awareness of women of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on advertising job vacancies since May 2010.

      Health Professions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure health and wellbeing boards take account of the experience and expertise of allied health professionals in their work;...

      Health Services: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what services are available to armed forces personnel to assist them in dealing with alcohol abuse or other alcohol-related problems following their...

      Health Services: Respiratory System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the provision of ventilation machines and related equipment for patients with muscle-wasting diseases who experience respiratory...

      Health: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria his Department plans to use in distributing public health funding to local authorities as a consequence of his proposals to transfer...

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS spent on unplanned emergency admissions to hospital for people with neuromuscular conditions in the latest period for which figures are...

      Hospitals: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many emergency admissions there were to the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust in each year since 1997.

      Life Expectancy: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the potential effects of television viewing on life expectancy.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with representatives of universities on research into mindfulness-based therapies; and what research projects his...

      Mental Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on (a) anti depressant drugs and (b) mindfulness-based therapies to treat prisoner stress and mental illnesses in each of...

      Midwives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the duties of local supervising authority midwifery officers will be provided after the abolition of strategic health authorities.

      Pharmacy: Patient Choice Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to promote patient choice in respect of pharmacy and dispensary provision.

      Postnatal Depression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assistance is available to women identified as having postnatal depression.

      Postnatal Depression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of postnatal depression were diagnosed in each of the last three years.

  • Scotland

    • Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has had discussions with (a) the Scottish Government and (b) NHS Scotland on joint working with the Scottish government on clinical trials.

    • Departmental Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many meetings he has had with representatives of (a) social enterprises, (b) charities, (c) large private sector businesses and (d) small and...

      Health Research Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has had discussions with (a) the Scottish Government and (b) NHS Scotland on the formation of the proposed Health Research Authority for England.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he has received representations concerning (a) the big society bank, (b) the Work programme and (c) volunteering since June 2011; and if...

    • Departmental Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many meetings he has had with representatives of (a) social enterprises, (b) charities, (c) large private sector businesses and (d) small...

  • Treasury

    • 11 Downing Street: Official Hospitality

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which charities have held receptions at No. 11 Downing street in the last 16 months.

    • Air Force: Scotland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will place in the Library a copy of each item of correspondence his Department has received from the Scottish Government in respect of the recent...

      Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the quantity of sovereign debt held by UK banks that has been issued by (a) Greece, (b) Ireland, (c) Portugal, (d)...

      Business: Complaints

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) his officials have discussed customer complaints with representatives of banks and...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 17 October 2011, Official Report, column 686W, on child benefit, what estimate he has made of the additional administrative cost...

      Child Care Tax Credit: North Lanarkshire

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of women in the Motherwell and Wishaw constituency likely to give up work following reductions in the level of...

      Child Trust Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the change in the average monetary value of child trust funds invested in share schemes over the last 12 months; (2)...

      Community Investment Tax Relief

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the take-up was of Community Investment Tax Relief in each year since its inception.

      Community Investment Tax Relief

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether a target take-up level for Community Investment Tax Relief was (a) projected and (b) set as a target at the time of its inception.

      Departmental Location

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many civil servants in his Department have been (a) relocated and (b) agreed for relocation in the last 12 months; and to which areas of the UK.

      Departmental Meetings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many meetings he has had with representatives of (a) social enterprises, (b) charities, (c) large private sector businesses and (d) small and...

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to improve cyber-security in relation to his Department's estate; and if he will make a statement.

      Employment: Public Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to support areas of the UK with high levels of public sector employment.

      Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the cost to the Exchequer of alcohol duty fraud in the financial year (a) 2010-11, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2008-09; (2) if...

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress he has made on proposals for a rural fuel duty rebate; and when he expects to announce progress.

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Financial Services Authority on skilled persons reports; and how many such reports were issued to asset management...

      Inheritance Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the number of charities that will benefit from the proposal to make estates liable for a lower rate of inheritance tax...

      Money: Counterfeit Manufacturing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the face value was of counterfeit coins removed from circulation in each year since 1997.

      Money: Counterfeit Manufacturing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of counterfeit (a) £5, (b) £10, (c) £20 and (d) £50 bank notes in circulation.

      Pensioners: Income Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate has been made of the number of pensioners who paid income tax at the (a) 50 per cent., (b) 40 per cent. and (c) basic rate in each year since...

      Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what recent estimate he has made of the annual cost to the public purse of the tax-free lump sum for pension payments; what assumptions he has made in...

      Pensions: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the revenue yield from restricting tax relief on pensions to 20% from incomes of £100,000 to incomes of £150,000 in...

      Public Sector: Cooperatives

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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: Cooperatives

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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.

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the likely level of revenue from an auction of 800MHz and 2,600MHz Spectrum; and whether such revenues have been included...

      Stamp Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has considered the merits of raising the stamp duty threshold in order to increase levels of home ownership.

      Stamp Duties: First Time Buyers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has considered the merits of extending the current relief from stamp duty for first-time buyers beyond March 2012.

      Taxation: Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the tax revenue raised from small businesses in the latest period for which figures are available; and how much and what...

      Taxation: Gaming Machines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if the Economic Secretary to the Treasury will meet representatives of the amusement games industry to discuss the conclusions of his Department's recent...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much his Department has spent on advertising job vacancies since May 2010.

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many civil servants work in his Department; and how many worked in his Department in (a) 2000, (b) 2005, (c) 2007 and (d) 2010.

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many people have visited a publicly-funded museum in the last 12 months.

      Ofcom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what procurement process was followed in respect of the contract between Ofcom and Equiniti on the programme making and...

      Ofcom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what proportion of profits made by re-selling surrendered programme making and special events equipment will go back to (a) HM...

      Ofcom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what safeguards have been put in place to ensure that surrendered equipment which is resold as part of the programme making...

      Ofcom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much (a) Ofcom and (b) his Department have budgeted in order to police the use of Channel 69 by people who have bought...

      Philatelic Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what support his Department gives to philatelic organisations.

      Sportsgrounds: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much he expects to save through the abolition of the Sports Ground Safety Authority.

  • Defence

    • Adam Werritty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether Mr Adam Werritty has been present at meetings with each Minister of his Department since May 2010.

    • Afghanistan: Hotels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on hotel bills in Afghanistan in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09, (c) 2009-10 and (d) 2010-11.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of helicopter support available to UK forces in Afghanistan.

      AlixPartners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the business case relating to the appointment of AlixPartners.

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on advertising job vacancies since May 2010.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

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

      Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has any plans for a public awareness campaign on difficulties faced by veterans.

      Graham Livesey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to the public purse was of employing Mr Graham Livesey as a military assistant.

      Libya: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel from the (a) Royal Navy, (b) Royal Air Force and (c) Army have been deployed in relation to the NATO operation in Libya since March 2011.

      Military Bases: Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when his Department first received reports of radioactive pollution at Dalgety Bay in Fife; (2) what surveys his Department has undertaken of...

      Military Bases: Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what steps his Department plans to take to secure the foreshore at the location where radioactive pollution has been identified at Dalgety Bay in...

      Military Bases: Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration scientists of his Department gave to analysing radioactive contamination found at Dalgety Bay in Fife in 2009; and if he will make a...

      Military Bases: Risk Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when officials of his Department last met the Dalgety Bay Risk Assessment Group; and when this group next intends to meet.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he plans to take to support the development of women's rights in Afghanistan.

    • Departmental Billing

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

      Departmental Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many meetings he has had with representatives of (a) social enterprises, (b) charities, (c) large private sector businesses and (d)...

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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.

      Indonesia: Natural Resources

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

      Israel: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department provided to (a) Israel and (b) Egypt in each category of expenditure in the latest period for which figures are...

      Middle East: Pipelines

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding from his Department is available to assist in the reconstruction of the Arish-Ashkelon pipeline.

      Mozambique: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to promote environmental awareness in Mozambique at the provincial and sub-district level; and if...

      Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (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; and if...

  • Home Department

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the role of the planning system in meeting...

    • Contraband Goods

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases where contraband goods were seized at the port of Dover was (a) the vehicle transporting the goods permanently seized (and not...

      Contraband Goods

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what date contraband goods were seized at the port of Dover in each year since 2007-08; what the (a) nature, (b) quantity and (c)...

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has spent on advertising job vacancies since May 2010.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the salary is of the UK Border Agency officials (a) Zilla Bowell, (b) Rob Yeldham, (c) Jonathan Sedgwick, (d) David Wood, (e) Martin...

      Deportation: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of time taken was for a foreign offender issued with a deportation order to be removed from (a) the issue of the...

      Detention Centres: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children have been held in detention at pre-departure accommodation Cedars since it opened.

      Detention Centres: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children are being held in each immigration detention facility; and what the reason for the detention is in each case.

      Entry Clearances: Domestic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the migrant domestic workers who renewed their visas in 2009 first entered the UK in (a) 2004, (b) 2005, (c) 2006, (d) 2007, (e)...

      Entry Clearances: Domestic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many domestic workers accompanied diplomats on a (a) domestic worker (diplomat) and (b) Tier 5 International Agreement visa in 2010.

      Entry Clearances: Domestic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information is provided to migrant domestic workers during the visa issuing procedure on their rights in the UK.

      Entry Clearances: Domestic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information her Department holds on the number of embassies which have objected to migrant domestic workers they have employed changing...

      Entry Clearances: Domestic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many migrant domestic workers referred into the National Referral Mechanism had come to the UK on a domestic worker (diplomat) or Tier 5...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many student visas were granted to foreign nationals from (a) Uganda and (b) the East African community in each of the last five years. [R]

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 13 October 2011, Official Report, column 505W, on the Government Procurement Card, (1) what items of procurement...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 13 October 2011, Official Report, column 506W, on the Identity and Passport Service: Government Procurement Card,...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 13 October 2011, Official Report, column 505W, on the Government Procurement Card, what estimate her Department...

      Hillsborough Stadium

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make available to the Hillsborough Panel all of the briefing papers on the Hillsborough disaster which were submitted to Lady...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information her Department holds on steps being taken by the police to encourage hotels to assist in identifying perpetrators and...

      Identity and Passport Service: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress her Department has made in providing compensation payments for employees dismissed from Liverpool Passport Office on 21 March 2011.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of non-UK citizens entering the UK illegally or clandestinely who were not apprehended at (a) the...

      Police: Harassment Warnings

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many harassment warnings have been issued by police officers to people of each (a) age group, (b) gender, (c) ethnicity and (d) region in...

      Police: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she expects the Chancellor's commitment to increase the pay of police staff in England and Wales earning less than £21,000 to be...

      Police: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether there was any change in the pension entitlement of (a) Sir Paul Stephenson and (b) John Yates following their resignation from the...

      Police: Rugby

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the potential effect of planned changes to police budgets on the policing of Rugby Football Union matches at...

      Restraint Equipment: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to review the techniques used to restrain detainees on aircraft.

      Restraint Equipment: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many detainees have been injured while being restrained during deportation from the UK in (a) the 12 months period ending on 1 September...

  • Justice

    • Burglary: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in Finchley and Golders Green constituency who were convicted of burglary between September 2010 and September 2011 received custodial...

    • Burial

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department is taking to encourage the establishment of eco-burial sites.

      Community Legal Advice: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what contribution his Department has made to the Cabinet Office review of advice services funding; and if he will make a statement.

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many submissions to the consultation on reforming public bodies supported full implementation of the role of chief coroner as set out in the...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (a) how many and (b) for what reasons claims for compensation were rejected by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in the last five years for...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applications for compensation rejected by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority were referred to the Criminal Injuries Compensation...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the (a) number of claims and (b) total value of claims paid to residents of Sunderland local authority through the Criminal Injuries Compensation...

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department has spent on advertising job vacancies since May 2010.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether any member of the senior civil service in his Department received a salary increase between 2009-10 and 2010-11; what the posts concerned...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many meetings he has had with representatives of (a) social enterprises, (b) charities, (c) large private sector businesses and (d) small and...

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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.

      Departmental Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what volunteering (a) he and (b) other Ministers in his Department have undertaken as part of the One Day Challenge; what the nature of the work...

      Disability Living Allowance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in Motherwell and Wishaw constituency have won an appeal against the withdrawal of their disability living allowance at a tribunal in the...

      Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to his contribution of 29 June 2011, Official Report, column 984, on the second reading of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders...

      Magistrates: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department has spent on (a) the Judicial Studies Board and (b) training for magistrates in respect of new sentencing guidelines in the last...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many appeals against benefit decisions in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK are outstanding and awaiting processing.

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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...

      Victims’ Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) with reference to his Department's press notice of 26 September 2011, what methodology his Department used to determine the total sum to be raised...

      Victims’ Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what mechanism he put in place to ensure the process for the allocation of proceeds from the levy on prisoners’ earnings was transparent; (2)...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Adam Werritty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether Ministers in his Department have met Mr Adam Werritty in an official capacity (a) with and (b) without officials present...

    • Council Tax: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many times local authorities have taken people to court for the recovery of council tax arrears in the latest period for...

      Departmental Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much members of his departmental management board have claimed in expenses since May 2010.

      Departmental Billing

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

      Departmental Billing

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

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what procedures his Department uses when engaging external consultants.

      Departmental Location

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

      Departmental Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many meetings he has had with representatives of (a) social enterprises, (b) charities, (c) large private sector businesses...

      Departmental Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many meetings he has had with (a) trade unions, (b) construction firms, (c) firms providing services to local authorities...

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to improve cyber-security in relation to his Department's estate; and if he will make a...

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what methodology his Department used to cost the proposal for weekly bin collections; and whether the funding for the proposal...

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to encourage local authorities to provide better and more frequent rubbish and recycling...

      Email

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

      Enterprise Zones: Staffordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of the information his Department holds on the expression of interest relating to...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the publication of his Department’s Government procurement card data, which Ministers attended (a)...

      Housing Benefit: Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to consult representatives of local authority trade unions on the plan for transition from housing benefit to...

      Housing: Change of Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if the Government will accept the recommendations in the Taylor Review of Rural Economy and Affordable Housing on allowing local...

      Landlords

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information he holds on the effectiveness of landlord accreditation schemes.

      Metals: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department has issued guidance to local authorities on dealing with metal theft.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the mortgage rescue scheme; how many successful applications there have been...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what definition of disproportionate benefit he plans to use when recouping business rates from local authorities as proposed in...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to ensure that the national planning policy framework (1) meets the development needs of people, the...

      Property Development: Floods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will assess the merits of including internal drainage boards and water utility companies in North East Cambridgeshire as...

      Rights of Way

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his proposals under the National Planning Policy Framework recognise public rights of way; how such rights of way will...

      Tenants' Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will take steps to protect tenants in respect of (a) private rented sector landlords and (b) estate agents who are found...

      Tenants' Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to promote his Department's guidance on the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants among...

      Tenants' Rights: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 13 September 2011, Official Report, column 1089W, on consumers, what support his Department offers to...

  • Transport

    • Air Travel Organisers' Licensing Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when she plans to publish her Department’s response to the consultation on Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing reform; (2) how many...

    • Air Travel Organisers' Licensing Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the level of consumer awareness of the Air Travel Organisers’ Licensing scheme.

      Air Travel Organisers' Licensing Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether she proposes to widen the scope of the air travel organisers’ licensing scheme to flight and hotel holidays sold by airlines.

      Air Travel Organisers' Licensing Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she plans to publish details on the information required on an ATOL certificate.

      Air Travel Organisers' Licensing Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether she plans to exempt business travel from the reformed ATOL scheme; and if she will make a statement.

      Air Travel Trust Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport by what date she expects the Air Travel Trust Fund to return to surplus.

      Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what timetable she has established for the commencement of pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft Aviation Bill.

      Aviation: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what representations she has received on (a) the legality of downgrading customers if a commercial flight is oversold and (b) the appropriateness...

      Channel Tunnel Railway Line: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether her Department is taking steps to increase the volume of rail freight that can be transported between Britain and Europe via the channel tunnel.

      Civil Aviation Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Civil Aviation Authority.

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many additional vehicles her Department expects will use the Dartford Crossing during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games; and what plans...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the annual cost has been to Directly Operated Railways of operating the East Coast mainline rail franchise; and how much was paid in subsidies to...

      Great Western Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to her Department's announcement of 14 July 2011, what the monetary value is of each project that forms part of her plans for the Great...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to ensure that High Speed 2 will be used at maximum capacity from its first day of operation.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many services she expects to run in each direction on High Speed 2 per (a) hour and (b) day on its first day of operation.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will estimate the saving on the costs of the HS2 project which would arise if the tunnel from Old Oak Common to Euston and the infrastructure...

      London and South Eastern Railway: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport from which companies the London and South Eastern Railway and its predecessor franchisees have leased rolling stock; how many and what types of rolling...

      Motorways: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will withdraw her Department's proposals to increase the speed limit on motorways to 80 miles per hour.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department is taking to support the domestic (a) train manufacturing industry and its supply chain and (b) onshore engineering skills.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average fare was for a standard class passenger rail ticket between London and Edinburgh in each year since 1997.

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions her Department has had with train operating companies regarding the length of time that can be defined as peak hour when setting fare...

      Railways: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent measures she has considered to alleviate passenger overcrowding and passenger standing on rail services.

      Railways: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department is taking to improve (a) passenger safety at rail stations and (b) safety at railway level crossings following the Office of...

      Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what assessment she has made of the merits of establishing separate incentive schemes for biodiesel and ethanol under the renewable transport...

      Trams: Level Crossings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment her Department has made of the implications of the Law Commission review of level crossing legislation for the scope of heavy rail...

      Vehicle and Operator Services Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when her Department plans to publish the (a) environmental and (b) equality impact assessment in respect of its proposals for the VOSA Testing...

      West Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many full-time equivalent staff in her Department are working on the negotiations with Virgin Rail Group on the extension of the Intercity West...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Departmental Billing

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

    • Departmental Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department visited Israel on official business in each month since May 2010; what...

      Departmental Press: Subscriptions

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

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will publish the (a) dates, (b) attendees and (c) agendas of meetings attended by the (i) Secretary of State for Energy and...

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many staff in his Department have been seconded from energy consultancies to assist with preparation of proposals on electricity...

      Electricity: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what information his Department holds on the number of prepayment meter customers who owe more than £200 to their existing...

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department last met representatives of the Government of Israel;...

      North Sea Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 18 July 2011, Official Report, column 685W, on North Sea oil, whether he plans to send a representative to...

      Nuclear Installations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the adequacy of (a) resources and facilities and (b) co-ordination and control in respect of clean-up...

      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 490, on what dates and in which...

      Nuclear Installations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when the adequacy of arrangements for the pre-distribution of potassium iodate tablets to residents within the detailed emergency...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he proposes that local authorities will be restricted in how revenue generated through the sale of electricity to the Grid may...

      Scottish Power: Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects the contract to be signed with the Scottish Power consortium for the first carbon capture and storage demonstration project.

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much has been spent on security at Sellafield in (a) 2011-12 to date and (b) each of the last five years.

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what assessment he has made of the performance of each academy sponsor; and if he will make a statement; (2) what assessment he has made of the...

    • Academies: Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of small schools that will become (a) academies and (b) free schools.

      Academies: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which primary schools he expects to become academies in (a) Kent and (b) Dartford constituency in the 2011-12 academic year.

      Academies: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what budget his Department has allocated to academy schools in Nottinghamshire for 2011-12.

      Free Schools: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education in respect of how many free schools support staff have access to the Local Government Pension Scheme.

      Free Schools: West London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will (a) place in the Library and (b) publish the funding agreement for the West London Free School.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many schools were below the GCSE floor target in 2011; and what proportion of pupils achieved five GCSEs at A* to C, including English and...

      GCSE: Nottinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what average GCSE grade students in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England received in each of the last five years.

      Health Education: Sex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what guidance his Department issues to schools about the type of (a) material and (b) publications relating to sex and relationships education in...

      Health Education: Sex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of the effect of sex and relationships education on pupils aged seven to 11 years of age; and if he will make a...

      Health Education: Sex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what evidence his Department has gathered on the effects of sex and relationships education in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools on the number of...

      Postgraduate Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the (a) minimum and (b) maximum bursary is for PGCE students starting in (i) September 2011, (ii) 2012, (iii) 2013, (iv) 2014 and (v) 2015; and...

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the average budget per student is in maintained schools in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England.

      Schools: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to ensure that military families are not disadvantaged by the schools admission code.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many meetings he has had with representatives of (a) social enterprises, (b) charities, (c) large private sector businesses and (d) small and medium-sized...

    • Electoral Registration

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the potential for co-operation between the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, the Identity and Passport Service, Royal Mail and...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Bankruptcy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) bankruptcy orders and (b) winding-up orders were made in each individual court in the five years up to 31 March 2011.

    • Bankruptcy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many bankruptcy restriction orders and undertakings were obtained in each of the last five financial years; and how many of...

      Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to promote the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises.

      Business: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what support his Department provides specifically for women in business; (2) what support his Department provides to...

      Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects his proposed copyright small claims jurisdiction to be in place.

      Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential effects of the March 2010 guidance from the Office of Fair Trading on irresponsible...

      Departmental Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much members of his departmental management board have claimed in expenses since May 2010.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many civil servants work in his Department; and how many worked in his Department in (a) 2000, (b) 2005, (c) 2007 and (d) 2010.

      Electricity Generation: Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to promote business links with the power supply sector in Nigeria.

      Export Credits Guarantee Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much was owed by developing countries to the Export Credits Guarantee Department in the latest period for which figures are...

      Green Investment Bank: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) when he expects to make the final decision on the location for the Green Investment Bank; (2) whether his Department has...

      Hawk Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department offered support to BAE Systems to ensure that the Hawk trainer aircraft would be built in the UK; and if...

      Higher Education Funding Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding the Higher Education Funding Council has allocated for (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11, (d) 2011-12, (e)...

      Higher Education Funding Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding the Higher Education Funding Council allocated for (a) widening participation in higher education, (b) the costs...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what proportion of pupils attending (a) state funded schools, (b) grammar schools, (c) non-selective state funded...

      Higher Education: Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what research his Department has (a) evaluated and (b) commissioned on for-profit higher education providers; and if he will...

      Higher Education: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what consideration he has given to providing private equity companies with degree-awarding powers.

      Higher Education: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what meetings (a) he, (b) the Minister for Universities and Science and (c) officials in his Department have had with private...

      Higher Education: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what criteria were used to determine which organisations to invite to the December 2010 and January 2011 meetings between the...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will bring forward proposals to increase the proportion of businesses which are at risk of going into administration which...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many disqualification orders and undertakings were obtained in compulsory liquidations for each of the last five financial...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many disqualification orders and undertakings were obtained in each of the last five financial years; and in each such year...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will place in the Library a copy of each document issued to Insolvency Service staff in relation to the proposed Insolvency...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the effect of staffing of the Insolvency Service delivery strategy on the staffing complement of the...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the Insolvency Service Delivery Strategy on the Insolvency Service’s...

      Kaplan UK: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what representations he has received from (a) Kaplan Inc., (b) Kaplan Europe and (c) Kaplan UK on the expansion of...

      Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what arrangements govern the payment of expenses to members of expert and advisor groups to enable them to attend meetings at his...

      National Centre for Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what evaluation he has conducted of the work of the National Centre for Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research.

      Public Houses: Rents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will consider introducing a requirement for tenants to be provided with a breakdown of how their rent has been calculated...

      Royal Mail: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what representations he has received on proposals by Royal Mail to increase the period for paying invoices to suppliers...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what representations he has received from Muslim groups on the interest charged on student loans.

      Trade Union Officials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will estimate the contributions trade union representatives make to (a) the economy and (b) productivity in (i) public and...

      Trade Union Officials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the proportion of the national employed workforce that work as (a) full-time or (b) part-time trade...

      UK Trade and Investment: 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...

      Utilities: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he plans to take in respect of energy, utility and communication companies who do not state on their bills (a) that...

  • Work and Pensions

    • State Pension

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress he has made on the introduction of a single-tier state pension.

    • Access to Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much CDG will be paid for keeping one individual in employment for 26 out of the 104 weeks while they are participating in the Work...

      Access to Work Programme: North Lanarkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people have been successfully placed in jobs by Work programme contractors in Motherwell and Wishaw constituency in each of the...

      Access to Work Programme: Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what forms of sign language interpretation are available for sign language users through the Access to Work programme.

      Access to Work Programme: Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many interpreters who use a sign language other than British Sign Language are employed as part of the Access to Work scheme.

      Access to Work Programme: Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many sign language users requested interpreting services in a sign language other than British Sign Language through the Access to Work...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his most recent assessment is of the potential effects of the universal credit on child care costs.

      Children: Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many mothers in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England receive financial assistance from the Child Support Agency.

      Departmental Procurement

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

      Departmental Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent on first-class travel by (a) air, (b) boat and (c) train since May 2010.

      Disability Living Allowance: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) men and (b) women aged 16 to 24 claimed disability living allowance in Coventry in (a) 1992, (b) 2002 and (c) the latest period...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the likelihood of implementing reforms to housing benefit by April 2013.

      Housing Benefit: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance his Department provides to local authorities on assessing eligibility for housing benefit for A8 nationals.

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was paid in employers' national insurance contributions for employees aged (a) under 20, (b) between 20 and 25, (c) between 25 and 55,...

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) incentives and (b) options the Government are providing for short-term employees to contribute under the auto-enrolment system.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the additional number of people who will start saving towards a pension as a result of automatic enrolment into...

      Pensions: Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has conducted an impact assessment of the potential effect on firefighters of the provisions of the Pensions Bill [Lords].

      Pensions: North Lanarkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of women in Motherwell and Wishaw constituency who will spend longer in employment as a result of the...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of households in receipt of out-of-work benefits for more than 12 months had (a) seven or more, (b) six, (c) five and (d) four...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will take steps to uphold the right to reside benefits test against any demand for abolition by the European Commission.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the percentage change in the level of unemployment has been in each local authority area since May 2010.

      Unemployment: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of any correlation between unemployment levels and job vacancies in each region.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people subject to a work capability assessment who had been diagnosed as (a) terminally ill, (b) having Parkinson's disease, (c)...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Central Office of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) if he will publish the business case for closing the Central Office of Information; (2) what estimate he has made of the potential savings to the...

    • Central Office of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether the transfer of work from the Central Office of Information to other Government Departments will be managed as a machinery of government change.

      Central Office of Information: Cardiff

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the potential effects of the closure of the Central Office of Information Office in Cardiff on staff employed at that office.

      Civil Servants: Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will provide further guidance for civil servants who take part in online discussions and debates under personal social media accounts outside of...

      Civil Servants: Manpower

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many full-time equivalent civil servants there were in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11; how many he expects there to be in (i) 2011-12, (ii) 2012-13,...

      Communities First Fund: Halifax

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office for what reasons Illingworth and Mixenden Ward in Halifax constituency did not qualify for funding under the Community First programme.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many meetings he has had with representatives of (a) social enterprises, (b) charities, (c) large private sector businesses and (d) small and...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps his Department is taking to take account of (a) socio-economic factors and (b) potential revenues for the Exchequer in the awarding of contracts.

      Employment: North East

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the change was in the number of jobs in (a) Gateshead and (b) the North East in the (i) public and (ii) private sector in each of the last four...

      Employment: North West

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the change was in the number of jobs in (a) Liverpool and (b) the North West in the (i) public and (ii) private sector in each of the last four...

      Private Rented Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people live in privately-rented accommodation in London; and what proportion of such people are (a) in full-time work, (b) unemployed, (c) aged...

      Small Businesses

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to encourage local authorities to procure goods and services from small and medium-sized businesses.

      Social Investment Market Vision and Strategy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent representations he has received on his Department's Social Investment Market Vision and Strategy.

      Social Lending

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of Big Society Bank funds he estimates will be disbursed through community development finance institutions.

      Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) community networks and (b) councils for voluntary service organisations receiving public funding (i) have closed in the last 12 months and...

      Voluntary Work

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what assessment he has made of the Access to Volunteering pilot projects undertaken in 2008-09 and 2009-10; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

  • Attorney-General

    • Judge Darlow

      To ask the Attorney-General what consideration he has given to the prosecution of the offence of misconduct in public office in the light of the rulings of Judge Darlow in the case of R v Laloi...

  • House of Lords

    • Business Rates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to review whether business rates should continue to be indexed to retail inflation.

    • Economy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they share the view expressed by the Governor of the Bank of England that the current financial situation in the United Kingdom represents "the most...

      Economy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure compatibility between an economic policy aimed at perpetual growth and a decline in natural resources.

      Energy: Carbon Capture and Storage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions and meetings they have had with ScottishPower in the past three months regarding carbon capture and storage.

      Energy: Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they propose to make the calculation of energy costs transparent to the consumer.

      Energy: Gas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the long-term prospects for the cost and supply of gas to the United Kingdom; whether they consider Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and...

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the responsibilities of chief scientists in government departments include monitoring and reporting to the Secretary of State on the technical and...

      Government: Ministerial Meetings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last met the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities leadership; and what matters were discussed.

      Gypsies and Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they have made or are making to consult Gypsy, Roma and Traveller civil society in preparing their response to the European Commission's...

      Health: Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve survival rates for patients with ovarian cancer. To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of United...

      Health: Clinical Senates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how clinical senates will reflect the views of allied health professionals, including podiatrists.

      Health: Clinical Senates

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what will be the composition of clinical senates; and whether places will be reserved for allied health practitioners such as podiatrists.

      Identity Documents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what documents are acceptable for identity purposes for those who do not have either a passport or a driving licence.

      Identity Documents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will issue revised guidance, in particular via the mandatory licensing code, to require licensees and those working at their premises to recognise...

      NHS: Referral Management Centres

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the recent Co-operation and Competition Panel report Review of the Operation of "Any Willing Provider" for the Provision of Routine Elective Care,...

      NHS: Referral Management Centres

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the recent Co-operation and Competition Panel report Review of the Operation of "Any Willing Provider" for the Provision of Routine Elective Care,...

      Parking Fines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the rationale for liability for parking fines resting on the registered keeper of the vehicle whether or not they were present when the parking offence was...

      Police: Remuneration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether it is their expectation that the proposed £250 flat rate pay award will be made to all police staff earning less that £21,000 a year; and whether...

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