Written answers

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assets with a value of £250,000 or more his Department has bought since May 2010; for what purpose; and if he will...

    • Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many official ministerial papers were recorded as not returned to his Department or otherwise unaccounted for in each month...

      Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department has lost any (a) computers, (b) mobile phones, (c) BlackBerrys and (d) other IT equipment since May 2010;...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department spent on new furnishings in the last year.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to publish on his Department's website data covering ministerial overseas travel, meetings, gifts received and...

      Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people were in possession of a security pass for his main departmental headquarters, including multi-site headquarters...

      Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effect on recycling rates of bi-weekly collection of refuse.

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when his Department expects to publish its consultation on an empty homes premium.

      Housing: Fire Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent representations he has received from charities on fire safety assessments in (a) local authority owned residential...

      Inform: Cost-effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how often his Department assesses the work of Inform for the purposes of ensuring value for money for the funding it provides.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions he has had on the funding settlement for local authorities for 2012-13.

      Organised Crime: Departmental Co-ordination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral statement of 11 August 2011, Official Report, column 1055, on public disorder, what...

      Organised Crime: Departmental Co-ordination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral statement of 11 August 2011, Official Report, column 1055, on public disorder, what...

      Piers: Redcar and Cleveland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which (a) individuals and (b) organisations have made representations to him about securing funding for an additional pier in...

      Urban Areas: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department has disbursed through the High Street Support Scheme since the scheme's establishment; and how many...

  • Wales

    • Children: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent estimate she has made of the number of children in Wales living in poverty.

    • Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether she receives any external funding for (a) her ministerial office and (b) her advisers; and what the (i) source and (ii) amount is of any such funding.

      Social Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions she has had on promoting social enterprises in the area for which her Department is responsible in each month since May 2010; and if she...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he receives any external funding for (a) his ministerial office and (b) his advisers; and what the (i) source and (ii) amount is of any...

    • Departmental Responsibilities

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

  • Home Department

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK Border Agency (UKBA) flights to Sri Lanka there have been in each month since May 2010; how many failed Tamil asylum seekers were...

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many legacy asylum cases concern asylum seekers who are not (a) awaiting prosecution, (b) awaiting removal and (c) subject to ongoing...

      Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the answer of 13 September 2011, Official Report, column 1129W, on civil disorder, when she expects information on the number of...

      Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what level of security vetting is required for the post of (a) head of communications, (b) deputy head of communications and (c) head...

      Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what company or Government service is used to undertake security vetting at (a) counter-terrorist check, (b) security check and (c) developed...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department has allocated to each telephone helpline funded by her Department in 2011-12; what the purpose is of each such...

      Deportation: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the answer of 24 October 2011, Official Report, column 41W, on deportation: offenders, how long the 10 longest cases were where...

      Deportation: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the answer of 24 October 2011, Official Report, column 41W, on deportation: offenders, in (a) how many and (b) what proportion...

      Diplomatic Immunity: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what training is provided to police officers on dealing with cases where a suspect may have diplomatic immunity.

      DNA: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many cases interim electronic data on the National DNA Database and in databases held by forensic science services has been destroyed...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many migrants holding leave to remain under PBS Tier 1 Post-Study Work and predecessors have been granted an extension of stay by...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Tier 4 visa holders remained in the UK on the post work study route as of 1 September (a) 2009, (b) 2010 and (c) 2011.

      Gangs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many gang-related witness intimidation offences have been recorded in each (a) London borough and (b) police force area in each of...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements there are for children of mothers who have been detained for immigration purposes to maintain contact with their mothers...

      Lancashire Constabulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with Lancashire police on advice given by that police force that the public display of Bible verses was a breach...

      Personation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether (a) she, (b) her Ministers and (c) her officials have had discussions with the Metropolitan Police on the provision of evidence by...

      Police: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance has been given to police forces on the infiltration of registered political parties by undercover officers.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Carbon Emissions: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she proposes that her Department's consultation on Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting will take account of (a) the...

    • Food: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of the contribution of market speculation to food price volatility in 2007-08.

      Slug Pellets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to protect (a) hedgehogs and (b) other wildlife from metaldehyde and methiocarb slug pellets.

      Squirrels: Pest Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) published in relation to immuno-contraception as a means of...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many letters she has received on funding for civil society organisations within her Department's area of responsibility...

      Waste: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to ensure enforcement of the provisions of the waste electrical and electronic equipment directive to...

      Waste: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of producer compliance schemes in reducing illegal waste electrical and...

      Waste: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her estimate is of the amount of electronic waste illegally shipped from the UK and dumped in developing countries in...

      Waste: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she plans to take to reduce the amount of electronic waste exported from the UK.

      Waste: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking with other EU and foreign Governments to reduce illegal exports of electronic waste.

      Whales: Japan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the International Fund For Animal Welfare on the killing of whales by Icelandic and...

      Whales: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 17 October 2011, Official Report, column 606W, on chemicals, what assessment her Department has...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assets with a value of £250,000 or more his Department has bought since May 2010; for what purpose; and if he will make a statement.

    • Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many full-time equivalent staff are employed on consultancy contracts in his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether his Department has lost any (a) computers, (b) mobile telephones, (c) BlackBerrys and (d) other IT equipment since May 2010; and if he will make...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he receives any external funding for (a) his ministerial office and (b) his advisers; and what the (i) source and (ii) amount is of any such funding.

      Departmental Responsibilities

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

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many applications from employees to run services for which his Department is directly responsible he has received since May 2010; and if he will...

      Social Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had on promoting social enterprises in the area for which his Department is responsible in each month since May 2010; and if he...

      Voting Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on the eligibility of Scottish people resident in the other parts of the UK to vote in any...

  • Attorney-General

    • Departmental Assets

      To ask the Attorney-General what assets with a value of £250,000 or more the Law Officers' Departments have bought since May 2010; for what purpose; and if he will make a statement.

    • Lost Property

      To ask the Attorney-General whether the Law Officers' Departments have lost any (a) computers, (b) mobile telephones, (c) BlackBerrys and (d) other IT equipment since May 2010; and if he will...

  • Justice

    • Bail Accommodation and Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people have been accommodated in Bail Accommodation and Support Service properties in England and Wales since the inception of the scheme;...

    • Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral statement of 11 August 2011, Official Report, column 1055, on public disorder, what meetings he and his Ministers...

      Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral statement of 11 August 2011, Official Report, column 1055, on public disorder, what meetings his officials have...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many women in prison are assessed as having been victims of domestic violence.

      Gangmasters Licensing Appeal Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the functions are of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority appeals tribunal.

      Gangmasters Licensing Appeal Tribunal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the expected (a) budget and (b) staffing level will be for the Gangmasters Licensing Authority appeals tribunal in each year to 2014-15.

      Legal Aid Scheme: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations he has received from domestic violence groups on proposed reductions in the legal aid budget.

      Prisons: Death

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many deaths were recorded as unclassified in each prison in England and Wales in (a) 2009 and (b) 2010; (2) what the causes were for each...

      Work Capability Assessment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to his Department was of appeals in respect of the work capability assessment in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011 to date.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Advertising: Job Vacancies

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

    • Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has lost any (a) computers, (b) mobile telephones, (c) BlackBerrys and (d) other IT equipment since May 2010; and if he...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he receives any external funding for (a) his ministerial office and (b) his advisers; and what the (i) source and (ii) amount is of any...

      Departmental Responsibilities

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

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has allocated to each telephone helpline funded by his Department in 2011-12; what the purpose is of each such...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people with multiple sclerosis who will be affected by his proposal to introduce a time limit of one...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what steps he is taking in respect of specialist Work programme providers who have not received any referrals; (2) what assessment he...

      Employment Schemes: Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of specialist employment support to homeless people in London being provided by the Work programme.

      Job-clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent on job clubs in each (a) region, (b) local authority and (c) parliamentary constituency since their introduction.

      Jobseeker’s Allowance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average cost to his Department was of a tribunal in respect of a claim for jobseeker's allowance in the latest year for which figures...

      Child Maintenance: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many non-resident parents resident in Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency have been subject to enforcement action for non-payment of...

      Organised Crime: Departmental Co-ordination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Prime Minister's oral statement of 11 August 2011, Official Report, column 1055, on public disorder, what meetings he and his...

      Pensions: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many public sector employees in each pay quartile he expects to cease making contributions to their pension following planned increases in...

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Remploy factories Ministers in his Department have visited in the last six months; and what representations they have received from...

      Remploy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what funding he provided to Remploy to improve its technology for the manufacture of life jackets in the last three years.

      Social Rented Housing: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of families living in social housing had no one in the household in employment in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Third Sector

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

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) work capability assessments, (b) work capability assessments for new employment and support allowance claimants and (c) work...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether those awaiting the result of an appeal against a negative work capability assessment decision will be entitled to receive the...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many work capability assessments for claimants in receipt of employment and support allowance were completed in each week from the...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how long he plans to prevent Work programme providers from making public their performance data; (2) if he will lift the contractual ban...

  • Health

    • Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assets with a value of £250,000 or more his Department has bought since May 2010; for what purpose; and if he will make a statement.

    • Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has lost any (a) computers, (b) mobile phones, (c) BlackBerrys and (d) other IT equipment since May 2010; and if he will make a...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has allocated to each telephone helpline funded by his Department in 2011-12; what the purpose is of each such helpline; and how...

      Patient Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate has been made of the levels of list inflation in (a) North London, (b) Devon and (c) the South West.

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people of working age with a learning disability in each local authority area who are known to social services are in (a) paid full-time, (b)...

      Learning Disability: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on adult learning disability services in each local authority area since 2000.

      Learning Disability: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people with a learning disability who are partially purchasing their own care packages.

      Passive Smoking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to evaluate the effectiveness in changing behaviour of his national strategy to raise awareness amongst parents of the dangers of...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to publish the results of his Department's study on standardising primary care support services.

      Primary Care Trusts: South-west England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what visits South West Strategic Health Authority staff have made to primary care support service offices in (a) Exeter and (b) the south-west for the...

      Primary Care Trusts: South-west England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what communication there has been between the commercial department of his Department and primary care trusts in the south-west on the bid by NHS...

      South West Strategic Health Authority: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent visits staff of the South West Strategic Health Authority have made to India; and what the purpose was of each visit.

      Surgery: Tees Valley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many planned operations have been cancelled by hospitals in Teesside in the last 12 months.

      Waiting Lists: Ashton-under-Lyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people waited over six months for NHS treatment in Ashton-under-Lyne constituency in each year since 1997.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to reply to the letter of 30 September 2011 from the right hon. Member for Exeter on the future of primary care support services in Devon.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of an arm's length approach to Arts Council England's funding; and what steps...

    • Culture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many (a) theatres, (b) museums, (c) art galleries and (d) national heritage sites there are in each region of England.

      Culture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many people are employed in (a) theatres, (b) museums, (c) art galleries and (d) national heritage sites in each of the...

      Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether his Department has lost any (a) computers, (b) mobile phones, (c) BlackBerrys and (d) other IT equipment since May...

      Design: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to reduce administrative burdens for design companies competing for public sector contracts.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Consultants

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many full-time equivalent staff are employed on consultancy contracts in his Department; and if he will make a statement.

    • Security

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what company or Government service is used to undertake security vetting at (a) counter terrorist check, (b) security check and (c) developed vetting...

  • Prime Minister

    • Repatriation

      To ask the Prime Minister which powers he plans to repatriate from the EU to the UK Parliament by 2015.

    • UK Trade with EU: India

      To ask the Prime Minister which companies were represented on the UK trade delegation which he led to India in July 2010.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of the armed forces have been deployed in each military action in which the UK has been involved in each of the last 10 years.

    • Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many serving personnel of each rank have been deployed in the recruitment of new personnel in the (a) Army, (b) Navy and (c) RAF in each of the...

      British Army Training Unit Suffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what improvements have been made to the British Army Training Unit Suffield in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

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

      Departmental Pay

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

      Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what factors he plans to take into account when deciding on future staffing levels for the Ministry of Defence Police.

      Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the security and policing role of the Ministry of Defence Police; and if he will make a statement.

  • Education

    • Children: Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effect on the behaviour of children of long-term early years neglect; and what estimate he has made of the cost of...

    • Children: Corporal Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues on legislation on the smacking of children in (a) England and (b) Wales; and if he will make a...

      Children: Local Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what guidance he has given to local authorities on determining whether it is reasonable to place a child outside of the local authority's area under...

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will ensure that his Department's revised Working Together guidance strengthens the process for assessing chronic child neglect.

      Departmental Air Travel

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

      Departmental Billing

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

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many people his Department has employed directly who were previously political appointees since May 2010; (2) in what capacity Mr Dominic...

      Special Advisers

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

      Special Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many full-time equivalent staff of his Department are employed to work directly on safeguarding children.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

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

      Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many times his Department's legal section provided legal advice to Ministers in (a) 2007, (b) 2009, (c) 2010 and (d) the first six months of 2011.

      Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many times his Department has sought advice from external counsel in (a) 2007, (b) 2009, (c) 2010 and (d) the first six months of 2011.

      Youth Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much each local authority in England reported in their Section 251 financial returns as their (a) budgeted and (b) outturn expenditure for 2010-11...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assets with a value of £250,000 or more his Department has bought since May 2010; for what purpose; and if he will make a...

    • Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he receives any external funding for (a) his ministerial office and (b) his advisers; and what the (i) source and (ii) amount...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change at how many events organised by (a) charities, (b) other civil society groups, (c) businesses and (d) lobbying organisations Ministers...

      Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what level of security vetting is required for the post of (a) head of communications, (b) deputy head of communications and (c)...

      Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what level of security vetting is required for (a) special advisers and (b) ministerial-appointed policy advisers in his Department;...

      Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what company or Government service is used to undertake security vetting at (a) counter terrorist check, (b) security check and (c)...

      Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many people were in possession of a security pass for his main Departmental headquarters, including multi-site headquarters and not...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has had any discussions on possible tariff discounts for high usage energy customers who have installed effective energy...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to remove barriers that limit investment in energy intensive companies.

      Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has any plans to reduce the future rate for feed-in tariffs; what timetable he has set for any such reduction; and what the...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to ensure small and medium-sized businesses are represented in discussions on Green Deal finance.

      Liquefied Petroleum Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 20 October 2011, Official Report, column 1116W, on liquefied petroleum gas, what assessment he has made of...

      Motion-sensitive Lighting Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on (a) carbon emissions and (b) energy efficiency of the introduction...

      Proven Energy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what support his Department has provided to Proven Energy.

      UK Safeguards Support Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much (a) his Department and (b) its predecessors contributed to the UK Safeguards Support Programme in each year since 2001.

  • Treasury

    • Job Creation: Private Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what fiscal measures he is taking to encourage job creation in the private sector.

    • Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on funding for the Regional Growth Fund.

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects on consumer confidence of the recent increase in the rate of VAT.

      National Insurance Holiday

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many firms have participated in the national insurance holiday for new businesses.

      Valuation Office Agency

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department has taken to ensure a consistent approach to valuation policy is taken by all offices of the Valuation Office Agency.

      Banking: Leverage Ratios

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with the Bank of England regarding the leverage ratios of British banks.

      Child Trust Funds: Children in Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress he has made in ensuring that looked-after children continue to receive a child trust fund.

      Child Trust Funds: Children in Care

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent discussions he has had with Ministers in the devolved Administrations regarding child trust funds for looked-after children.

      Council Tax: Valuation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many claims to reduce council tax bandings were (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful in each of the last three years; (2) how many proposals for...

      Lost Property

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has lost any (a) computers, (b) mobile phones, (c) BlackBerrys and (d) other IT equipment since May 2010; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many applications from employees to run services for which his Department is directly responsible he has received since May 2010; and if he will make a...

      EU Budget: Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the net contribution was by the UK to the EU in each year from 2005 to 2010; and what estimate he has made of the contribution in each year from 2010...

      Loans: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 17 October 2011, Official Report, column 51WS, on financial assistance (Ireland), what annual rate of...

      Local Government: Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much is owed to local authorities in (a) West Yorkshire and (b) England by Icelandic banks.

      Local Government: Bank Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much money invested in Icelandic banks has been repaid to Kirklees metropolitan council; and how much remains to be paid.

      Minimum Wage

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much funding for investigations into firms suspected of not adhering to minimum wage legislation was allocated within the HM Revenue and Customs budget...

      National Insurance Contributions: New Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the steps taken to increase the take-up of the national insurance holiday scheme; how much his Department has spent on steps...

      National Insurance Contributions: New Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses have taken part in the Government's regional national insurance contributions holiday.

      Public Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the size of the structural deficit.

      Revenue and Customs: Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 17 October 2011, Official Report, column 702W, on Revenue and Customs: Government Procurement Card, what the (a) name of the...

      Revenue and Customs: Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 17 October 2011, Official Report, column 702W, on Revenue and Customs: Government Procurement Card, what the (a) name of the...

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) average time to answer a call, (b) average length of a call, (c) average time spent on hold during a call and (d) proportion of calls dropped...

      Tax Avoidance: International Co-operation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to improve the transparency of multinational corporations' accounts for the purposes of ensuring that developing...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects of mechanisms by which UK citizens holding assets in Swiss bank accounts may avoid paying the taxes to be levied...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with their counterparts in the Swiss Government regarding the appropriate commencement date of the...

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether UK citizens with assets in Swiss banks will be liable to pay the tax to be levied under the terms of the new agreement between the Swiss...

  • International Development

    • Argentina: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid his Department has given to Argentina in each of the last 10 years.

    • Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department plans to respond formally to the Government Office for Science's Foresight report on Migration and Global...

      Departmental Allowances

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

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assets with a value of £250,000 or more his Department has bought since May 2010; for what purpose; and if he will make a...

      Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many people his Department employs who are aged over (a) 55 and (b) 65.

      Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what volunteering (a) he and (b) other Ministers in his Department have undertaken as part of the one day challenge; what the nature of...

      Developing Countries: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what work his Department is undertaking with local disabled people's organisations in partner countries to reduce discrimination...

      Developing Countries: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to reduce exclusion of children with disabilities from education in developing countries.

      Developing Countries: Literacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent steps his Department has taken to increase adult literacy in developing countries.

      East Africa: Droughts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent estimate he has made of the number of people in the Horn of Africa affected by famine; what discussions he has had with his...

      IRG Ltd

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether (a) he or (b) Ministers in his Department have had meetings with representatives of IRG Ltd.

      Malawi: Environment Protection

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

      Nigeria: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent work his Department has undertaken to strengthen the electoral system in Nigeria; and if he will make a statement.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much the Government has contributed to the (a) International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, (b) International Development...

      Thailand: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the delivery of humanitarian aid provided by his Department to Thailand.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Balkans: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government are taking to promote regional co-operation in the Balkans.

    • Egypt: Religious Freedom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to encourage the Egyptian Government to offer protection for religious minorities in Egypt.

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his statement of 24 October 2011, Official Report, column 54, on European Council, if he will specify those areas...

      Iran: Baha'i Faith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made representations to the Iranian Government on the recent trial and sentences received by seven Baha'i...

      Iran: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made representations to the Government of Iran regarding the sentencing of Marzieh Vafamehr for her role in the...

      Nuclear Weapons: Proliferation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the Royal Society's proposal that his Department establish a non-proliferation and nuclear...

      Serbia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the readiness of Serbia to join the EU.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State most recently visited Sir Lanka; which Ministers and officials in the Government...

      Sri Lanka: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has received reports of human rights abuses committed against those of Tamil origin in Sri Lanka since May 2010; and...

      Tibet: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions his Department has had with the Government of China on (a) the human rights situation in Tibet and (b)...

      UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken to ensure that the draft protocol on cluster munitions under negotiation in the UN...

      UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which of the cluster munitions the UK has possessed in the last 30 years (a) would and (b) would not be prohibited under the...

      UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what timescale would govern the prohibition of any weapons for states adopting the draft protocol on cluster munitions under...

      UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on ratification of the UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons protocol on cluster munitions in its...

      USA: Cluster Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what authorisation is required for US trans-shipment of cluster munitions through (a) Diego Garcia and (b) other UK territories;...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to assist skilled former employees of BAE Systems into employment following the recent redundancies...

    • Bankruptcy: Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) arts organisations and (b) design companies were declared bankrupt in each month since September 2008.

      Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the finding of the British Chambers of Commerce Workforce Survey: Small Businesses, that...

      Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had on simplifying the audit requirements of small and medium-sized companies.

      Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects to publish the results of the growth review consultation on reducing the burdens faced by small business.

      Business: Community Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assistance his Department provides to businesses wishing to support local social initiatives.

      Business: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment his Department has made of the ability of small businesses to access finance.

      Business: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on his proposed credit easing scheme.

      Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of any relationship between (a) senior executive remuneration and (b) company profitability and...

      Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on changing the minimum reporting requirements in the fourth Company Law...

      Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which companies represented on the UK trade delegation joined him in attending the annual meeting of the Joint Economic and Trade...

      Consumers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to increase protection of consumer interests; and if he will make a statement.

      Copyright: Art Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he proposes that the Artist's Resale Right will be extended to the estates of deceased artists from 1 January 2012; and...

      Copyright: Art Works

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what discussions he has had with his (a) ministerial colleagues and (b) EU counterparts on the extension of the artist's...

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had on the future of organisations which are assets of Yorkshire Forward.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to take account of (a) socio-economic factors and (b) potential revenues for the Exchequer in...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he receives any external funding for (a) his Ministerial office and (b) his advisers; and what the (i) source and (ii)...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills at how many events organised by (a) charities, (b) other civil society groups, (c) businesses and (d) lobbying organisations...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department has allocated to each telephone helpline funded by his Department in 2011-12; what the purpose is of each...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what definition of domestic violence his Department uses; and what steps he has taken to support companies in protecting their...

      EU External Trade: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 27 June 2011, Official Report, column 621W, on EU external trade: India, what assessment has been made...

      EU External Trade: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 27 June 2011, Official Report, column 621W, on EU external trade: India, if he will publish a sectoral...

      EU External Trade: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 27 June 2011, Official Report, column 621W, on EU external trade: India, what steps he plans to take to...

      EU External Trade: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential effects on rates of pay of Mode 4 of the proposed EU-India Free Trade Agreement.

      EU External Trade: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with trades unions on Mode 4 of the proposed EU-India Free Trade Agreement.

      EU External Trade: India

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 27 June 2011, Official Report, column 621W, on EU external trade: India, what protections will be...

      Export Credits Guarantee Department

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which Ministers have attended the management board meetings of the Export Credits Guarantee Department since April 2010.

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations he has received on locating the headquarters of the Green Investment Bank in Cardiff; and if he will...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the drop-out rates at (a) public funded universities and (b) for-profit organisations providing...

      Korea: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the potential economic benefits to the UK of the EU-Korea Free Trade Agreement.

      Labour Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what comparative assessment he has made of the flexibility of the UK labour market and that of (a) other EU member states and (b)...

      Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many visits to overseas trade shows by representatives of small and medium-sized businesses his Department funded in (a)...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many (a) prosecutions and (b) investigations of postmasters instigated by Post Office Ltd as a result of apparent...

      Social Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had on promoting social enterprises in the area for which his Department is responsible in each month...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the efficiency of the Student Loans Company in processing student loan applications at the...

      Supermarkets: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many times representatives of his Department have met representatives of (a) Tesco, (b) Sainsbury's, (c) Asda, (d) Morrisons...

      Unemployment: Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of long-term trends in unemployment in former mining and steel communities.

  • Transport

    • Test Fees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when her Department will publish its response to its recent consultation on test fees.

    • Birmingham Airport: Railway Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether (a) she and (b) officials in her Department have had discussions with representatives of Network Rail on the re-naming of Birmingham...

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the letter from the Under-Secretary of State for Roads and Motoring of 9 September 2011, reference MC/13916, what estimate has been...

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will estimate the likely change in the volume of traffic using the Blackwall tunnel if tolls at the Dartford river crossing were doubled.

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport in what year officials from (a) her Department and (b) the Highways Agency first gave consideration to (i) continuing with charges at the Dartford...

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what purpose moneys from the fund to cover reasonable future maintenance charges at the Dartford river crossing established under the powers to...

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) cost and (b) source of funding for maintenance at the Dartford River Crossing was in each of the last 15 years.

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the differences are between the trial to suspend the use of toll booths at the Dartford River Crossing during high congestion or emergencies and...

      Ministerial Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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 work...

      Driving Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people in England with 12 or more points on their driving licence were exempted from a driving ban in the latest period for which figures are...

      Driving: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment her Department has made of the merits of establishing a group of expert diabetologists to assess people with diabetes holding or...

      Driving: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will bring forward the proposals to ensure that people with diabetes have access to an effective mechanism to challenge the decisions of medical...

      Driving: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons DVLA proposals for the implementation of EU Directives 2009/112/EC, 2009/113/EC and 2006/126/EC contain an annual review requirement...

      Driving: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she plans to take to ensure that safe drivers retain (a) their driving licences and (b) the opportunity to renew their licences should they...

      Driving: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she plans to publish the summary of responses to DVLA proposals to amend driving licence standards for vision, diabetes and epilepsy; and when she...

      Driving: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she plans to take to ensure that people with diabetes who subsequent to suffering from impaired awareness of hypoglycaemia regain awareness...

      Driving: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions she has had with healthcare professionals for the purpose of ensuring that the term second severe hypoglycaemic episode as...

      Driving: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions she has had with diabetes charities, organisations and support services on the implementation of EU directives 2009/112/EC,...

      Driving: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to ensure that people with diabetes are not excluded from commercial driving occupations. [R]

      Driving: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she has taken to ensure that the effects of the implementation of EU Directives 2009/112/EC, 2009/113/EC and 2006/126/EC do not include...

      Driving: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what legislative proposals she plans to bring forward to amend legislation governing the licensing of drivers to comply with EU Directives 2009/112/EC,...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will revise her estimate of the number of people with diabetes who may be adversely affected by the changes to the minimum requirements for...

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects to publish her Department's review of the (a) Highways Agency and (b) Strategic Road Network.

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what meetings on the Highways Agency Review the non-executive chairman of the Highways Agency has attended since his appointment and which individuals...

      Highways Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what meetings attended by Ministers in her Department have included an agenda item related to the Highways Agency Review since May 2010; and which...

      Humber Bridge

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much debt was owed on the Humber Bridge (a) on the most recent date for which figures are available and (b) in 1995; what the rate of interest was...

      Metals: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the total delay to rail journeys caused by metal theft in each of the last five years.

      Trust Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what rules her Department applies to borrowing by major trust ports; what her policy is on authorising any proposed borrowing in cases where a port has...

      Trust Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether her Department has informed any major trust port classified as a public corporation that it cannot borrow for capital projects because her...

      Railways: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether she has considered plans to improve the (a) speed, (b) frequency and (c) quality of passenger rail services between Romford and Stratford...

      Roads: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Highways Agency has taken to improve the provision of information on road conditions in the event of severe winter weather.

      Sellafield: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will list every safety breach reported during the transportation of nuclear material to and from the Sellafield nuclear site in the last five years.

      Shipping: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many incidents the Marine Accident Investigation Branch has investigated in each year since its introduction.

      Shipping: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she has had with Ministers in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on changes in funding levels to providers of training...

      Shipping: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many training positions in the support for maritime training scheme will be affected by the decision to freeze the funding available from her...

      Shipping: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the Report of the Task Force on Maritime Employment and Competitiveness and Policy to the European Commission, what recent assessment...

      Shipping: Working Conditions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what work her Department is doing on the issue of seafarer fatigue and its impact on safety.

      Thameslink: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether any of the (a) advisers and (b) consultants that have worked with her Department on the Thameslink Rolling Stock contract have declared a...

      Thameslink: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will publish the reasons why Alstom Transport was not shortlisted after the invitation to tender was published for the Thameslink Rolling Stock...

      Thameslink: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate her Department made of the cost to the public purse of awarding the Thameslink Rolling Stock contract to (a) Siemens and (b) Bombardier. [R]

  • House of Lords

    • Abingdon Green

      To ask the Chairman of Committees whether, following the completion of improvement works on Abingdon Green, it will be designated as an area for public enjoyment; and whether there will be any...

    • Agriculture: Soil Management

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there is a sufficiently detailed survey of soil standards for protection and sustainable use of soil for the purpose of identifying geographical risk or...

      Agriculture: Soil Management

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have developed a definition of soil quality incorporating soil's ability to meet multifunctional requirements including ecosystem services.

      Agriculture: Soil Management

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what soil management methods they are promoting to enhance carbon sequestration in soils.

      Arms Exports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions on (a) export control policy, and (b) re-export control policy, have taken place at the European Union Council Working Group on Conventional Arms...

      Bank of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have the power to require the Bank of England to release minutes of Court meetings to ministers or officials; whether this power has been used since...

      Bank of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the commissioning of an internal report on HM Treasury's management of the banking crisis, the Turner Review and the report on Northern Rock published...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the success of Project Merlin; and why they do not propose renewing Project Merlin in 2012.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will remove any remaining restrictions on the provision of technical advice or expertise to Burma.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance the Department for International Development provides ethnic women from Burma who have been raped by Burmese army soldiers.

      Civil Service: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are currently employed in Scotland by the Home Civil Service, other than in devolved departments.

      Colombia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to ensure that British businesses are not engaging in human rights violations in Colombia.

      Courts: Magistrates' Courts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the Magistrates' Courts cost in (a) 2005, and (b) 2010.

      Crime: Motoring Convictions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cars they estimate were driven on Britain's roads in 2008, 2009 and 2010; and, in each year, how many they estimate were being driven (a) without a valid...

      Deficit Reduction

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they expect to meet the Deficit Reduction Plan Target in 2011-12; and, if not, by how much they estimate that they will miss the target. To ask Her...

      Diplomatic Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Howell of Guildford on 17 October (WS 3-6), whether they will ensure that the European Union External Action Service is...

      Driving: Disqualification

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many accidents involved drivers driving while disqualified in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

      Employment: Agency Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 19 October (WA 72), which European Union member states are introducing day 1 rights for equal treatment under...

      Energy: Fuel Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Marland on 21 October (WA 104-5), whether they will estimate the effects of environmental policies on (a) fuel cost per...

      EU: Financial Assistance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the United Kingdom will be contributing directly or indirectly to guaranteeing the sovereign debt of other European states and to the recapitalisation of...

      EU: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 13 October (WA 253-4), what would be the consequence of a refusal by the House of Commons to agree to a finance...

      Export Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had since December 2010 with officials in (a) France, (b) Germany, (c) Russia, (d) China, and (e) the United States, about the reasons...

      Export Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what reports they have received since July 2010 of the operation of re-export control provisions in those countries that have enacted such legislation; what recent...

      Export Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many discussions (a) Ministers, and (b) officials, in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills have had with (1) the United States Secretary of State...

      Export Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which Minister in (a) the House of Lords, and (b) the House of Commons, has policy responsibility for (1) export control policy, and (2) the provisions of , the...

      Export Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many officials, and what grade, in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills have policy responsibility for (a) export control policy, and (b) the...

      Export Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of any military goods contracts agreed under the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for...

      Export Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have discussed the provisions of the Re-Export Control Bill [HL] with members of the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms...

      Export Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they consulted the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies before expressing their reservations...

      Fire Services: Privatisation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to privatise fire brigade control centres.

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 17 October (WA 14), why their statement that individual valid consent must be obtained before starting a treatment...

      Fluoridation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 19 October (WA 75), whether they will invite the Cochrane Oral Health Group to include an update on the five...

      Gift Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the number of sports clubs benefiting from gift aid.

      Government Departments: Buildings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the cost of electricity consumed outside normal business hours on security lighting in government buildings.

      Gross Domestic Product

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of gross domestic product depends on (a) visible, and (b) invisible trade, with the European Union.

      Health: Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the United Kingdom survival scores for lung cancer compare with those of other European Union countries and the United States. To ask Her Majesty's Government...

      Health: Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when and how they will publish the survey of patients undertaken by King's College Hospital and organised by the Department of Health on "living with and beyond...

      Health: Elderly People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what response they will make to the Care Quality Commission findings of instances of elderly people being deprived of food, water or dignity in NHS hospitals; and...

      Health: Social Determinants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the United Kingdom was represented at the World Conference on Social Determinants of Health in Rio de Janeiro on 21 October; and whether the Declaration on...

      Homeless People

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the estimated number of homeless people in the United Kingdom in 2010.

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many additional properties they estimate are occupied in the United Kingdom as a result of family breakdowns; and how many they estimate will be needed in the...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government assessment they have made of the level of rents in the private rented sector.

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many new homes they expect to be built under the New Homes Bonus in each year of the Spending Review period.

      Inflation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what actions they plan to take to reduce the rate of inflation in United Kingdom.

      Iraq: Camp Ashraf

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will provide full support for Ambassador De Ruyt, who is acting on behalf of the European Union and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees,...

      Iraq: Camp Ashraf

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are seeking full-time observation by United Nations personnel of Camp Ashraf, so as to prevent intimidation and further violent attacks.

      Iraq: Camp Ashraf

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ask the Government of Iraq, regarding Camp Ashraf, (a) to ensure that wounded and terminally ill residents can receive necessary treatment and...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel concerning action by the Israel Defence Force against a peaceful protest on 21 October at Bil'in...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel concerning the arrest of Ashraf Abu Rahmah, a demonstrator at Bil'in on 21 October.

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel concerning the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons, including children and prisoners held...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last made representations to the Government of Israel regarding Israel's adherence to international law in the West Bank of Palestine.

      Justice: Out-of-court Disposals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the same definitions of which offences can receive out-of-court disposals are used by all police forces; and who monitors whether that is the case. To ask...

      Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether discussions between the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice about the implementation of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill have...

      Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of additional costs to the Department for Communities and Local Government as a result of measures in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and...

      Maikel Nabil Sanad

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made about the treatment of Maikel Nabil Sanad in the Egyptian penal system.

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the accuracy of the statement on the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) website that the NIHRC "is specifically...

      Northern Ireland: Teachers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government for what reasons they proposed that the provisions of European Union Council Directive 2000/78/EC, which established a general framework for equal treatment in...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will continue to provide aid, both directly and indirectly, to countries that are shown to assassinate dissidents.

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 12 October (WA 244), whether they were able to reduce the amount paid to the Republic of Ireland for pensioners'...

      Planning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of planning permissions granted this year.

      Police: Expenditure Cuts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Browning on 6 September (WA 27-8), what representations they have received from police authorities since the civil...

      Police: Tasers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to discuss the use of tasers with the Association of Chief Police Officers; and what assessment they have made of the use of tasers at Dale...

      Railways: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 11 October (WA 228) regarding consultancies used for Thameslink rolling stock, whether they will place in the...

      Re-Export Controls Bill [HL]

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 6 June (WA 58), whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of the evidence presented to the...

      Re-Export Controls Bill [HL]

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they sought Cabinet Committee clearance to oppose the motion to refer the Re-Export Controls Bill [HL] to a Second Reading Committee in the House of...

      Re-Export Controls Bill [HL]

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 6 June (WA 58), which Cabinet Committee gave clearance to their reservations about the Re-Export Controls Bill...

      Re-Export Controls Bill [HL]

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 6 June (WA 58), what precedents of Private Members' Bills being referred to a Second Reading Committee were...

      Roads: Speed Limits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what achieved speed would trigger speed limit enforcement action by the police if the motorway speed limit was increased to 80 miles per hour.

      Roads: Speed Limits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in their consideration of increasing the motorway speed limit from 70 miles per hour to 80 miles per hour, they are also considering reducing the national...

      Roads: Speed Limits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what change in the level of road deaths they estimate will result from increasing the motorway speed limit from 70 miles per hour to 80 miles per hour.

      Roads: Speed Limits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of their recent announcements on raising the motorway speed limit, what increase in the level of road deaths per million population they consider...

      Roads: Speed Limits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect on road casualties of the proposal to raise the motorway speed limit to 80 miles per hour.

      Roads: Speed Limits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of their commitments on climate change and use of fossil fuels, whether they have estimated what impact the proposed increase of the motorway speed...

      Royal Mail: Charges

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to allow Royal Mail to set postal charges.

      Trade and Investment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the value of inward investment to the United Kingdom from European Union countries in 2010.

      Trade and Investment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated value of inward investment to the United Kingdom from bodies based in countries outside the European Union that wish to invest within the...

      Transport: MoT Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in 2008, 2009 and 2010, (a) how many garages were authorised to carry out MoTs, (b) how many garages and tests were monitored, (c) how many garages and tests...

      Unemployment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are unemployed in each constituency in Greater Manchester. To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (a) men, and (b) women, are unemployed in each...

      Unesco

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consultation, if any, they have had with UNESCO concerning past and current archaeological excavations within the Old City of Jerusalem; and whether they have...

      Vehicles: Semi-trailers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in their assessment of the impact of longer semi-trailers on safety, (a) what is the margin of error for the anticipated 1.6 per cent reduction in casualties...

      Vehicles: Semi-trailers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in their assessment of the impact of longer semi-trailers on safety, whether the present motorway speed limit of 70 miles per hour was used in the calculations;...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 19 October (WA 78), how many confirmation of acceptance for studies visas were assigned in each of the last three...

      Yulia Tymoshenko

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the trial of the former President of Ukraine, Yulia Tymoshenko.

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