Written answers

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much members of his departmental management board have claimed in expenses since May 2010.

    • Departmental Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...

    • National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will estimate the number of jobs created in each (a) Scottish local authority area and (b) parliamentary constituency in Scotland as a result of...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Allotments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has to encourage local authorities to provide more land for allotments.

    • Allotments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the average length of time was for an application to rent an allotment in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Allotments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many allotments there are in England; and how many acres were used for allotments in (a) 1981, (b) 1990, (c) 2000 and (d) 2010.

      Arm's Length Management Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will publish the revised guidance issued to local authorities on the process to follow when it is proposed to bring...

      Arm's Length Management Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department has any plans to require arm's length management organisations to become housing associations.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will estimate the average saving to a household in each council tax band of the council tax freeze in 2012-13.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) with reference to his recent announcement on the effects of freezing council tax, if he will place in the Library a copy...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will estimate the likely council tax increase in each local authority if no support to freeze council tax was made available.

      Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the total cost to the public purse was of meeting the cost of council tax benefit in each year from 2007-08 to 2011-12 to...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government at how many events organised by (a) charities, (b) civil society groups, (c) businesses and (d) lobbying organisations (i)...

      Derelict Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to encourage the development of brownfield sites.

      Enterprise Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what measures are in place to assist the economies of local authority areas not selected as enterprise zones.

      Enterprise Zones: Lee-on-the-Solent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether existing sector-appropriate tenants of the Daedalus Enterprise Zone site will receive the same benefits from the zone as...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what the average proportion of social housing is in each decile of wards ranked by the index of multiple deprivation; (2)...

      Housing: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects to reach a decision on Planning Appeal APP/A1530/H/11/2140255, Middleborough, Colchester; and if he will make a...

      Local Government: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will issue guidance to local authorities on the use of (a) facilities, (b) resources and (c) staffing time for trade union...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the National Ecosystem Assessment of the value of local ecosystem services would be taken into account as a material...

      Social Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what step his Department is taking to improve social mobility; and if he will make a statement.

  • Treasury

    • Business: Bonds

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the potential for growth in the market for bonds issued by small and medium-sized enterprises.

    • Business: Debts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of underwriting debt or equity issued by small and medium-sized enterprises.

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of main carers claiming child tax credit in respect of couples out of work were (a) men and (b) women at the latest period for which...

      Debit Charges: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to respond to the report by the Office of Fair Trading on card surcharges.

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Equitable Life compensation payments had been made by 30 September 2011; what assessment he has made of performance against the original timetable...

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether his Department undertook an impact assessment on the likely effects on (a) employment and (b) the economy of a slow-down in orders for tranche...

      Financial Services: Regulation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what further proposals he plans to bring forward to protect consumers from mis-selling by independent financial advisers; and whether he intends to provide...

      Fiscal Policy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what fiscal measures are being reviewed by the Office for Tax Simplification.

      Income Tax: Females

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of those taken out of tax as a result of the increase in the personal allowance were women in 2011-12; and what estimate he has...

      Income Tax: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many staff in HM Revenue and Customs have been assigned to conduct the review into revenue generated by the 50p tax rate; (2) whether the Office...

      Independent Commission on Banking

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has set a timetable for the implementation of the recommendations of the report of the Independent Commission on Banking after the Government has...

      Independent Commission on Banking

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to accept the recommendation of the Independent Commission on Banking to establish a challenger bank; and when any such bank would be...

      Individual Savings Accounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress he has made on plans to introduce social Individual Savings Accounts.

      National Insurance Contributions: New Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to extend national insurance contribution holiday to all small businesses.

      Office for Tax Simplification: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff are employed by the Office for Tax Simplification.

      Personal Savings: Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the annual revenue yield from interest on money in bank and building society deposits.

      Revenue and Customs: Recruitment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer from which departments in HM Revenue and Customs staff have been recruited to the new affluent team.

      Revenue and Customs: Recruitment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether new jobs created to tackle tax avoidance and evasion were advertised externally; and what the cost was of such advertising.

      Taxation: Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when HM Revenue and Customs' online service for filing company tax returns was last updated.

      Taxation: Financial Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has estimated the revenue which would be raised for the Exchequer by a tax on international financial transactions levied at (a)...

      Taxation: Multinational Companies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals in respect of controlled foreign companies; and if so when.

      VAT: Inflation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the contribution of the increased rate of value added tax to inflation.

  • Transport

    • Airlines: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department is taking to encourage the Civil Aviation Authority to take action against airlines which mistreat their customers and passengers.

    • Crossrail Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether she plans to hold a separate financing competition for Crossrail rolling stock.

      Departmental Consultants

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

      Departmental Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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 the UK.

      Great Western Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether her Department will invite (a) formal submissions from regional organisations as part of a consultation and (b) comments on the draft...

      Great Western Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what date her Department plans to issue the specification and invitation to tender for the next Great Western rail franchise.

      Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what steps she is taking to put in place a right to provide for public sector workers to take over the running of services; and if she will make...

      Railways: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress the Rail Accident Investigation Branch has made in its investigation into the incident on 18 July 2011 involving a tamper train on the...

      Railways: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether her Department is conducting work on the crashworthiness of tables on Class 156 units following injuries to passengers at a crash on the...

      Railways: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the number of people who are required to stand on train services between Leeds and Halifax because of a lack of capacity...

      Road Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department proposes to take to prevent utility companies from passing lane rental charges on to consumers.

      Ryanair: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has to discuss the treatment of people with a disability by Ryanair with the Civil Aviation Authority.

      Thameslink Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost to the public purse was for each category of cost of the procurement process for the Thameslink rolling stock contract. [R]

      Thameslink Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will place in the Library a copy of the rail consultants Interfleet's report on Thameslink train formations from January 2010.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Allowances

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

    • Departmental Billing

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

      Departmental Fines

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

      Departmental Location

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

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions at how many events organised by (a) charities, (b) civil society groups, (c) businesses and (d) lobbying organisations (i) Ministers and (ii)...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have (a) applied and (b) had an application refused for employment and support allowance in each month since the work...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in receipt of employment and support allowance were formerly employed in the mining or steel industries in the latest period...

      Employment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many young people were not in education, employment or training in each region in each of the last 18 months.

      General Medical Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has made a submission to the General Medical Council's consultation on good medical practice; and if he will place a...

      Rented Housing: Cambridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will meet councillors and officers of Cambridge city council to discuss the Government's assessment of the efficacy of the Cambridge...

      Social Security Benefits: Uprating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to uprate pensions and benefits in line with the September 2011 consumer prices index inflation rate.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost of administering universal credit (a) monthly and (b) fortnightly; and if he will estimate the cost to...

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Electoral Registration

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission, which local authorities have undertaken recent additional research into...

    • Electoral Registration

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission, how many and what proportion of eligible people were registered to vote in...

      Electoral Registration

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission, how many people were on the electoral register in each general election year...

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the potential effects of the EU directive on animal experimentation.

    • Bolivia: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions the Government has had with the EU Horizontal Drugs Group on the potential re-accession of Bolivia to the 1961 UN Single...

      Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people arrested for offences committed in the public disorder in August were identified through (a) DNA evidence, (b) CCTV evidence...

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff in her Department were employed in (a) preventing and (b) investigating cyber-crime in (i) 2009-10 and (ii) 2010-11; how many...

      Departmental Buildings

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

      Departmental Voluntary Work

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

      Deportation: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign national offenders subject to multi-agency public protection arrangements have been able to remain in the UK on human rights...

      Detention Centres: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures are in place to support those who are held in detention centres who are considered to be at risk of suicide.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues on the maintenance of local partnerships which tackle domestic violence following...

      Entry Clearances: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to make any changes to the restrictions applying to A2 nationals working in the UK; and if she will make a statement.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many student visas were granted to Zimbabwean nationals in each of the last 10 years.

      Extradition

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to publish the response to Lord Justice Scott Baker's review of UK extradition arrangements.

      Gang Injunctions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many gang injunctions have been implemented since their inception.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many pregnant women were detained for immigration purposes in 2010-11; and how many of them were released in the late stages of pregnancy...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women detained for immigration purposes were (a) deported and (b) released in 2010-11; and how long each such woman was detained for.

      Independent Family Returns Panel: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made on the appointment of permanent members of the Independent Family Returns Panel.

      Licensing Laws

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to commence section 112 of the Police and Social Responsibility Act 2011.

      Overseas Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make it her policy to maintain visa arrangements which permit overseas domestic workers to change employer.

      Primates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many non-human primates imported into the UK by air for research purposes were found to be ill or dead on arrival during 2011.

      Primates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many non-human primates of each species from each country have been imported into the UK for the purposes of scientific research in 2011.

      Primates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many non-human primates of each species imported into the UK for the purposes of scientific research in 2011 were sourced as (a)...

      Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the monetary value was of assets (a) seized and (b) frozen under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 in each of the last three years.

      Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the expenditure incurred by police forces in connection with the recovery of assets under the Proceeds of Crime...

      Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the monetary value of the maintenance backlog (a) on her Department's estate and (b) for the non-departmental...

      Right of Abode

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many applications for right of residence in the UK her Department has rejected where the applicant is both an A2 national and...

      Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of training surveillance officers in the financial year 2011-12.

  • Justice

    • Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people convicted of offences committed in the public disorder in August were identified through (a) DNA evidence, (b) CCTV evidence and (c)...

    • Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department has spent on first-class air travel by Ministers in his Department since 1 May 2010.

      Latchmere House Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff are employed at HMP Latchmere house; how many prisoners it (a) holds and (b) has held since 1 September 2011; and what its running costs...

      Magistrates Courts: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effect of the reorganisation and merger of magistrates courts on the capacity of such courts to hear domestic violence...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton of 8 September 2011 regarding Mr David Evans.

      Prisoners: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether and with what frequency meetings are held for former armed services personnel who are in prison; (2) whether national funding will be made...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department is taking to reduce reoffending among first-time offenders.

  • International Development

    • Burma: Internally Displaced Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the humanitarian needs of displaced people in Kachin State, Burma; and if he will make a statement.

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many civil servants in his Department received a pay rise other than by promotion in the last two years; and what the average...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many civil servants in his Department and the bodies for which he is responsible earned more than (a) £65,000, (b)...

      Departmental Procurement

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

      Developing Countries: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how his Department plans to contribute to increasing the proportion of teachers who are female (a) in rural areas and (b) overall in...

      Developing Countries: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans his Department has to assist developing countries to achieve a fully-qualified teacher workforce through (a) bilateral and...

      Developing Countries: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the quality of education in developing countries of the use of unqualified...

      Developing Countries: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans he has to deal with the negative effect on developing countries of the importation or dumping of electronic waste.

      Gambia: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with his international counterparts on future support to the Gambian government to maintain and improve the...

      Libya: Zoos

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 14 September 2011, Official Report, column 1173W, on Tripoli Zoo, whether he now has further information on...

      Overseas Aid: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has spent on external investigators to tackle aid fraud, based (a) in and (b) outside the UK, in each of the...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the introduction of compulsory, routine herd testing for tuberculosis in camelids (a) in endemic...

    • Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the potential for bovine tuberculosis to be spread through the movement of camelids.

      Food: Origin Marking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has any plans to introduce compulsory country of origin labelling for food.

      GMOs: Crops

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she plans to hold a public consultation on the use of synthetic animal genes in GM crops.

      GMOs: Wheat

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment (a) her Department and (b) the Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment made of the potential size...

      Veterinary Laboratories: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect of the proposed closure of animal health and veterinary laboratories in England...

      Veterinary Laboratories: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has received representations from (a) the Farmers Union of Wales and (b) the National Farmers Union on the...

      Veterinary Laboratories: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has received (a) representations from the chief scientist of her Department and (b) any other representations on...

      Veterinary Laboratories: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has considered alternative proposals to the closure of animal health and veterinary laboratories in England and Wales.

      Veterinary Laboratories: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she has undertaken an impact assessment on the proposal to close animal health and veterinary laboratories in England and...

      Veterinary Laboratories: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the proposal to close animal health and veterinary laboratories in England and Wales; and if she will...

      Veterinary Laboratories: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency consulted the Welsh Assembly Government on its proposal to close...

      Veterinary Laboratories: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency consult (a) workplace unions and (b) employees on its proposal...

      Veterinary Services: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the status is of discounts to vets on the sale of veterinary pharmaceuticals; what assessment she has made of the...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts: New Businesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what the success rate is of new business start-ups in the creative industries after their first year of operations...

    • British Counties

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

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many velodromes he has visited on official business in the last 12 months.

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many (a) letters and (b) emails his Department has received in respect of digital switchover in the last 12 months.

      Digital Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what estimate he has made of the number of businesses (a) prepared and (b) not prepared for digital switchover; (2)...

      Football Association Premier League

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what representations he has received on proposals to end promotion and relegation for the Premier League.

      Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent discussions his Department has had with representatives of (a) broadcasting and (b) other media on the possible...

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps his Department has taken to advertise free museums.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many visits outside London he has made to promote Olympic Legacy in the last 12 months.

      Swimming Pools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many swimming pools he has visited on official business in the last 12 months.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Age: Discrimination

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities whether her Department has issued guidance and communications in advance of the commencement of the Equality Act 2010 provisionsending harmful age...

    • Civil Partnerships

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what meetings she (a) has held and (b) plans to hold with religious groups and religious representatives to discuss the proposals for civil marriage...

      Social Mobility

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what steps the Government Equalities Office is taking to improve social mobility; and if she will make a statement.

  • Attorney-General

    • Departmental Voluntary Work

      To ask the Attorney-General what volunteering (a) he and (b) other Ministers in the Law Officers' Departments have undertaken as part of the One Day Challenge; what the nature of the work...

    • Law Officers: Cybercrime

      To ask the Attorney-General how many staff in the Law Officers' Departments were employed in the prosecution of cases involving cyber-crime in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11; how many he expects to...

  • Education

    • English Baccalaureate: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many representations he has received on the proposed exclusion of religious education from the English baccalaureate.

    • Schools: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of the capacity of local authorities to fulfil their statutory duty to provide careers guidance services to pupils...

      Schools: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the reduction in the early intervention grant on the capacity of schools to provide careers...

      Schools: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to the Fourth Report from the Education Committee, Participation by 16-19 year olds in education and training, HC 850, what assessment...

      Vocational Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent progress he has made in implementing each recommendation of the report on vocational education by Professor Alison Wolf.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Afghan interpreters have assisted UK armed forces in Afghanistan since 2001; what plans are in place to ensure their safety after the withdrawal...

    • Armed Forces: Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Navy officers of the rank of (a) captain and (b) commodore currently hold (i) sea-going and (ii) shore-based posts; what changes in the...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the Rheinmetall Landsysteme Fuchs Reconnaissance vehicle to be removed from service; what estimate he has made of the saving to the...

      Defence Business Services National Security Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 11 October 2011, Official Report, columns 17-18WS, on Defence Vetting Agency: removal of agency status,...

      Defence Business Services National Security Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 11 October 2011, Official Report, columns 17-18WS, on Defence Vetting Agency: removal of agency status,...

      Defence Business Services National Security Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 11 October 2011, Official Report, columns 17-18WS, on Defence Vetting Agency: removal of agency status,...

      Departmental Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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 Procurement

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

      Departmental Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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.

      Depleted Uranium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether officials in his Department have had recent discussions with their counterparts in (a) the US and (b) other countries engaged in armed conflict...

      Frigates: Design

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent progress has been made in determining the design of the next generation of frigates for the Royal Navy; and if he will make a statement.

      Military Bases: Edinburgh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 18 October 2011, Official Report, column 879, on military bases, what time scale his Department has set for the phased disposal...

      Ministry of Defence Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment criteria he plans to use to determine the future size of the Ministry of Defence Police; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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 Defence 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.

      RFA Largs Bay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the overall cost to his Department was of the construction and equipping of RFA Largs Bay, up to the date when she joined the fleet.

      Terrorism: Chemical and Biological Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which military locations in the UK have been considered as potential sites for accommodating the victims of a chemical, biological, radiological or...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Palestine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the admission of Palestine to the United Nations.

    • Jewish/Arab Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support his Department is providing to projects promoting co-existence between Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel.

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the recent settlement announcements by the Israeli government.

      Polish EU Presidency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the priorities of the Polish presidency of the EU; and if he will make a statement.

      Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of bilateral relations with Zimbabwe; and if he will make a statement.

      Zimbabwe

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

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of Iranian involvement in Syria; and if he will make a statement.

      Sub-Saharan Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken to promote trade between countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

      Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Libya; and what recent discussions he has had with the National...

      Bangladesh

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of bilateral relations with Bangladesh; and if he will make a statement.

      Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the Pakistani authorities' attempts to tackle violent extremism in that country.

      Afghanistan: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government is taking to increase international support for women's rights in Afghanistan.

      Bahrain: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support he is giving to establish a dialogue between the government of Bahrain and those who took part in demonstrations...

      Colombia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will raise concerns about human rights with the President of Colombia during the latter's forthcoming visit to the UK.

      Departmental Meetings

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

      Departmental Press: Subscriptions

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

      Departmental Sick Leave

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

      Departmental Voluntary Work

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

      Egypt: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information has been received by his Department about the process under which the elections in Egypt will be conducted.

      Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department will be sending representatives to the conference on social media and human rights in (a) Sweden on 16...

      Iran: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with the Iranian Government on the imprisonment and sentencing of actress,...

      Turks and Caicos Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many officials in his Department are based in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

      Turks and Caicos Islands: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many cases of gun crime were reported in the Turks and Caicos Islands in each of the last five years.

      Turks and Caicos Islands: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the level of crime in the Turks and Caicos Islands; and if he will make a statement.

      Turks and Caicos Islands: Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many police officers are on secondment from UK police forces to the Turks and Caicos Islands.

      Turks and Caicos Islands: Radar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 17 October 2011, Official Report, column 633W, on Turks and Caicos Islands: radar, what have been the...

      Zimbabwe: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the UK’s relations with Zimbabwe; and if he will make a statement.

      Zimbabwe: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has recently had discussions with his counterpart in Zimbabwe.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions: Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he intends to accept the offer by the Committee on Climate Change to provide information and advice on how local authorities...

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 15 September 2011, Official Report, columns 1249-50W, on climate change, what estimate has been made of the...

      Departmental Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much members of his departmental management board have claimed in expenses since May 2010.

      Departmental Procurement

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

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many contracts his Department has advertised on the Contracts Finder website in each month since May 2010; what the value was of...

      Departmental Voluntary Work

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

      Energy: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the impact of his Department's climate change policies on energy intensive industries.

      Energy: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what guidance his Department has given on emissions reduction and decarbonisation to energy intensive industries.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has made an assessment of the cost of requiring energy companies to write to customers on how they can achieve a cheaper...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has to encourage the installation of micro combined heat and power systems as part of (a) the Green Deal and (b) the Warm...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when the consultation on the secondary legislation to implement the Green Deal will commence.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to ensure that all businesses are able to participate in the Green Deal; and if he will make a statement.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to ensure that the Green Deal and the Renewable Heat Incentive work together effectively; and if he will make a...

      Miriam Maes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) whether Ministers from his Department have had official meetings with Miriam Maes without an official being present since May...

      Oil: Refineries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the (a) current profit margin of UK refineries in US dollars per barrel and (b) the potential...

      Oil: Refineries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the extent to which crude oil may be diverted to refineries outside the EU if a common default...

      Oil: Refineries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the effect on UK fuel security of oil refining being relocated outside the UK; what information his...

      Sellafield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the maintenance cost was for the Sellafield nuclear site in (a) 2011-12 to date and (b) each of the last five years.

      Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much of the fund for UK ports to support offshore wind infrastructure and capability his Department has allocated to date; how many...

  • Wales

    • Departmental Advertising

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

    • Departmental Meetings

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

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GPs have contacted his Department to express a conscientious objection to abortion in the last 12 months.

    • Ambulance Services: Emergency Calls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the average response time was for ambulances responding to emergency call-outs in Great Yarmouth constituency in each year since 1997; (2) how...

      Ambulances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what involvement his Department has had in the development of the next generation of ambulances.

      Departmental Management Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 October 2011, Official Report, column 827W, on departmental spend on management consultants, how much has been spent on...

      Departmental Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether there has been any change to his Department’s policy on the use of the private finance initiative since April 2010.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health at how many events organised by (a) charities, (b) civil society groups, (c) businesses and (d) lobbying organisations (i) Ministers and (ii) senior...

      Departmental Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the (a) date of purchase, (b) amount and (c) supplier of each transaction undertaken by the Appointments Commission using the Government...

      Health and Social Care Information Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) date of purchase, (b) amount and (c) supplier of each transaction undertaken by the Health and Social Care Information Centre using the...

      Health: Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on health standards in free schools.

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the provisions of ventilation machines and related equipment for patients diagnosed with muscle-wasting diseases who...

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the rates of hospital-acquired infections for (a) foundation trusts and (b) acute trusts were in (i) 2008-09, (ii) 2009-10 and (iii) 2010-11.

      Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) date of purchase, (b) amount and (c) supplier of each transaction undertaken by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority using the...

      Melanoma: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will request the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to reconsider its recent decision not to recommend the use of Yervoy for...

      NHS: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether US military personnel based in the UK make use of the national health service.

      NHS: Inflation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of the rate of inflation on the real terms increase in the NHS budget.

      NHS: Managers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to retain the role of national clinical directors in his Department; and in what way their role will change under his proposals for reform.

      NHS: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what NHS spending per head of population in (a) England, (b) Kent and (c) Dartford constituency was in each of the last five years.

      Obesity: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated cost to the NHS in London was of obesity-related illness in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Obesity: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the NHS in Kent was of obesity-related illness in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Postnatal Depression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on appropriate treatments for postnatal depression.

      Postnatal Depression

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions he has had with the Patients' Association on the adequacy of treatment for women with postnatal depression; (2) what discussions...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Central Office of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he plans to take to ensure that Government marketing and communications are free from (a) political and (b) departmental bias following the...

    • Central Office of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what research into (a) the Central Office of Information and (b) the Government's direct communication strategy his Department has commissioned since...

      Charity Commission: Government Procurement Card

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

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what estimate he has made of the number of occasions on which Government computers have been the target of (a) unsuccessful and (b) successful...

      Departmental Voluntary Work

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office 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...

      IRG Ltd

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the Report by the Cabinet Secretary on allegations against the former Secretary of State for Defence, which organisation IRG Ltd refers to.

      Ministerial Policy Advisers: Manpower

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many special advisers were employed by each central Government department in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

      Private Rented Housing: Liverpool

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

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental Voluntary Work

      To ask the Leader of the House what volunteering (a) he and (b) the Deputy Leader of the House have undertaken as part of the One Day Challenge; what the nature of the work undertaken was; on...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Absent Voting

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he plans to bring forward proposals to change the deadline by which applications for postal votes must be made.

    • Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister at how many events organised by (a) charities, (b) civil society groups, (c) businesses and (d) lobbying organisations (i) he and (ii) his senior officials have...

      Departmental Voluntary Work

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what volunteering he undertook 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...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what consultation his Department has undertaken with electoral registration officers on the implementation of individual voter registration.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what representations he has received from electoral registration officers on the (a) time and (b) resources required to implement the legislative proposals on...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the effect of changes in funding for local government on the ability of electoral registration departments to implement individual...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much additional funding he estimates will be required for the introduction of individual voter registration.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the Electoral Commission's recommendations in respect of individual electoral registration; and if he will make a statement.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he plans to make the draft secondary legislation on individual voter registration available while any proposals for changes to relevant primary...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether lessons learnt from the data-sharing pilots for electoral registration will be taken into account in his plans for individual voter registration.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he plans to publish an implementation plan for individual voter registration; and whether this will take place at the same time as the introduction of...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what (a) plans and (b) funding is in place to disseminate public information on the implementation of individual voter registration (i) locally and (ii) nationally.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress has been made in developing well-designed and accessible electoral registration forms; and whether such forms will be developed and tested with the...

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans he has to ensure that sufficient training for (a) electoral registration officers and (b) electoral administrators is in place before the introduction...

      Lobbying

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he proposes to publish his plans for a statutory register of lobbyists.

      Lobbying: Registration

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he plans to publish his proposals to establish a statutory register of lobbying activity.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Agriculture: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students studied at agricultural colleges in the academic year 2010-11; and how many such students went on to a career...

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) apprenticeship vacancies there were and (b) people were seeking an apprenticeship on (i) 1 September and (ii) 1...

      Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether any Ministers plan to participate in the UK Trade and Investment Defence and Security Sector Trade Mission to Saudi...

      Business: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on how many occasions (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) his officials have had discussions on customer complaints...

      Copyright

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he plans to bring forward proposals to provide design the same legal protection as copyright.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether any (a) personnel and (b) organisations who are not employees of his Department are provided with a copy of (i) his own...

      Departmental Meetings

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

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking in respect of its report, Infrastructure supply chains: barriers and opportunities.

      Departmental Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many civil servants in his Department at (a) director general and (b) director level have undertaken secondments to industry...

      Departmental Security

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

      Education: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many prisoners are enrolled on Open University courses.

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) whether his Department undertook an impact assessment on the likely effects on (a) employment and (b) the economy of a...

      Exports: Brazil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of potential future trends in UK exports to Brazil in (a) the oil and gas sector, (b) biotechnology,...

      Green Deal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many discussions officials in his Department have had with small businesses interested in becoming Green Deal providers since...

      Higher Education Funding Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) postgraduate research masters, (b) postgraduate taught masters and (c) PhDs the Higher Education Funding Council...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of the higher education cohort entered higher education using vocational qualifications in each of the last three...

      Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what multiplier factor his Department recommends using on direct job numbers to estimate the number of jobs being created in the...

      Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps his Department has taken to increase adult literacy.

      Literacy: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his most recent estimate is of rates of illiteracy in prison.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding has been made available from the public purse to the Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership since it...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of effects on jobs in Birmingham, Ladywood constituency of the creation of the Birmingham and...

      Pancreatic Cancer: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of (a) medical and (b) cancer research funding was allocated to pancreatic cancer research in the latest period...

      Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure that the assets and intellectual property of regional development agencies are not...

      Royal Academy of Engineering: Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking in response to the report, Business motivations for engaging the public in science and engineering by the...

      Science: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department provides additional funding to reflect the additional capital cost associated with science, technology,...

      Science: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

      UKTI Defence and Security Organisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) which trade missions the UKTI Defence and Security Organisation plans to undertake up to the end of 2012; (2) which...

  • House of Lords

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Browning on 16 June (WA 206), why they have suspended the removal of asylum seekers to Greece under the Dublin...

    • Australian Sports Foundation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will examine the operation and impact of the Australian Sports Foundation, with a view to assessing whether the model might be applied in the United...

      Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Bahrain about the imprisonment without civilian trial and alleged torture of their medical and nursing...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the value of their equity holding in British banks in 2010; and what is its current value.

      Banks: Eurozone

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action HM Treasury are proposing in respect of any increased capitalisation of eurozone banks.

      Banks: Eurozone

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held with the accountancy firms auditing every company in the FTSE 100 regarding the adequacy of reserves in respect of banks that have...

      Businesses: Tax Breaks

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Wilcox on 11 October (Official Report, col. 1526), what are the details of the "more than 150 million pounds in tax breaks for...

      Charities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have paid to each of the 10 biggest British charities in each year since 1997, whether in direct payments, consultancy fees, in relation to an...

      Civil Service: Recruitment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review their recruitment policy to the civil service to ensure that all positions are filled by the best qualified people irrespective of race,...

      Council of Europe: Committee of Ministers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their priorities for their chairmanship of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers from November 2011 to May 2012.

      Defence: Technology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the defence technology White Paper.

      Department for Culture, Media and Sport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they define "culture" in the name of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

      Economy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Wilcox on 11 October (Official Report, col. 1521), whether the economy is in deep depression.

      Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many jobs have been created in the area formerly covered by the North East Regional Development Agency as a result of the employers' national insurance holiday...

      Energy: Levies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what the total cost to the consumer has been to date of energy and environment policies that are funded by levies on energy companies; and what each of those...

      Equal Pay

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the position on equal pay for men and women in the United Kingdom.

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 15 September (WA 87), (a) whether they are referring to the Newcastle fluoride bioavailability study first published...

      Forced Marriage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what amendments they intend to make to the Immigration Rules in the light of the Supreme Court judgment in R (on the application of Quila and another) v Secretary...

      FTSE: Female Directors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total number of women executive directors of FTSE 100 companies in each of the past 10 years for which figures are available; what percentage of the...

      FTSE: Female Directors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total number of women executive directors of FTSE 250 companies in each of the past 10 years for which figures are available; what percentage of the...

      Fuel Smuggling and Money Laundering

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much tax revenue they estimate has not been collected due to fuel smuggling and money laundering in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what dates and in what locations they have run roadshows for recruitment to ministerial private offices; and how many staff have been recruited to the civil...

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the staff of the ministerial private offices of each Cabinet Minister are from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups.

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Garden of Frognal on 4 October (WA 201), whether their policy to develop a representative work force in the civil...

      Gurkhas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when, in March 2007, they calculated service credits for each rank of Gurkha service before 1997, what years before 1997 they used for comparison in that calculation.

      Health: Cerebral Palsy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much is spent on caring for individuals with cerebral palsy and related congenital neurological disorders by (a) the National Health Service, and (b) the...

      Higher Education: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Browning on 14 September (WA 79-80), whether they have plans to end the permission given to non-European Union nationals...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the draft National Planning Policy Framework published by the Department for Communities and Local Government in July, what total population is assumed in...

      Immigration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether Brazilian citizens are coming to the United Kingdom through Portugal in a way that circumvents United Kingdom immigration...

      Independent Commission on Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 4 July (WA 15), how much the Independent Commission on Banking has cost in the last financial year.

      Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Insolvency Practices Council in ensuring that users and the public interest are represented in the United...

      Insolvency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they ensure that users and the public interest are represented in the setting of standards and oversight of the insolvency profession.

      Intellectual Property

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the Intellectual Property Office's policy with respect to the reintroduction of commercial orphan works and extended collective licensing provisions, such...

      Intellectual Property

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many meetings the Intellectual Property Office had with representatives from Google, Bing, Facebook, Twitter or other web-based search engines and other...

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the European Union will be taking further measures against Iran in relation to its nuclear programme.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel regarding the ability of independent doctors to visit prisoners in Israeli prisons to ensure that...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel regarding permission for the new settlement at Givat Hamatos in Jerusalem which would cut off the...

      Legal Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Legal Aid budget for 2010-11 was underspent; and, if so, whether it was underspent by (a) around £200 million, or (b) another figure.

      Legal Services Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the accounts of the Legal Services Commission for 2010-11 will be published.

      Migration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 12 October (WA 241), whether they will investigate the reliance of the Office for National Statistics...

      National Heritage: Listed Buildings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what funding has been set aside to support the listed building review of post-war British architecture, and when the results will be published.

      Nato

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the theft of shipping containers carrying NATO munitions from the port of Karachi in Pakistan. To ask Her Majesty's Government what is...

      Northern Ireland Office: Cars

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Shutt of Greetland on 19 July (WA 212), what are the costs to the Northern Ireland Office of car transport; who used the...

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Shutt of Greetland on 17 October (WA 27) concerning the appointment of Professor Michael O'Flaherty as chairman of the...

      Office for Budget Responsibility

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the annual cost of the Office for Budget Responsibility; how many economists it employs; and how many of those economists are on secondment or on similar...

      Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to make a decision on the recognition as a sovereign state of Palestine.

      Parking Fines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will take action against local authorities that use increases in parking charges to make up a shortfall in funding.

      Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Iran about Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who has been sentenced to death for converting to Christianity.

      Questions for Written Answer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government within what period Sir Neil McKay, chief executive of the East of England Strategic Health Authority, is required to answer parliamentary Questions referred to him...

      Railways: British Rail Property

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which sites owned by the British Rail Property Board are for sale.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to consult interested parties on the specification for the new Great Western franchise before it is issued to bidders; and, if so, when.

      Railways: Passengers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the passenger loadings on trains between London termini and Worthing, Brighton and Eastbourne during peak and off-peak periods.

      Railways: Passengers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the increase in rail passenger journeys between 2003 and 2010 (a) across the United Kingdom, and (b) in Cornwall.

      Repatriation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, when illegal immigrants are repatriated or sent to a third country, they escort them by rail, sea or air as far as the external United Kingdom border;...

      Somalia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many British service personnel are deployed to Somalia; and for what period of time they have been present there.

      Somalia: Piracy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to protect British and other European Union citizens from pirates operating out of Somalia.

      Sport: Disabled People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to increase participation in disability sport and to secure a legacy from the Paralympic Games in 2012.

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 3 October (WA 193-4) regarding estimated tax receipts by year, whether they have more up-to-date estimates,...

      Vehicles: Semi-trailers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will ensure that any longer semi-trailers used in the trials of the vehicles have the best conspicuity markings.

      Visit England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much Olympic funding has been allocated to Visit England; when it was allocated; and for what purposes it was allocated. To ask Her Majesty's Government how...

      War Crimes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they maintain a list of those persons for whom there is sufficient evidence to prosecute in the United Kingdom for war crimes or under the Geneva...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are offering to organisations helping children evicted during Operation Murambatsvina in Zimbabwe to access a school education.

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