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Written answers

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

  • Health

    • Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 19 October 2011, Official Report, column 1029W, on departmental procurement, how many contracts involved the provision of...

    • Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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.

      Depressive Illnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were diagnosed of suffering from (a) severe and (b) mild or moderate depression in (i) England, (ii) the northwest and (iii) Warrington in...

      Diseases: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken towards a UK plan for rare diseases as required by the Council of the European Union's recommendation on an action in the field of...

      Haemolytic Uremic Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) children and (b) adults were diagnosed with atypical haemolytic uremic syndrome in each of the last three years; and how many of those...

      Haemolytic Uremic Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) children and (b) adults with atypical haemolytic uremic syndrome were treated with (a) plasma therapy and (b) dialysis in each of the last...

      Haemolytic Uremic Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients with atypical haemolytic uremic syndrome were waiting for an organ transplant in each of the last 10 years; and how many received an...

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of local authorities' preparedness for the proposed transfer of public health responsibilities.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) for what reason the cost of providing existing primary care support services was not included in the calculations for the assessment of the Shared...

      Hepatitis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of a reduction in onward transmission of hepatitis C on NHS costs.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has any plans to reduce the age limit for free influenza injections to 60 years; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS Blood and Transplant: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was paid to the directors of NHS Blood and Transplant in (a) salaries, (b) other benefits and (c) employer pension contributions in each of the...

      NHS: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his most recent estimate is of the proportion of NHS expenditure which is spent on people aged 60 years and over; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS: Social Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 October 2011, Official Report, column 839W, on the public sector, what the (a) name, (b) region, (c) size of contract from...

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will consider allocating responsibility to one individual for the Government's objective of improving rates of organ donation and transplantation;...

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the percentage change was in the number of people (a) on the Organ Donor Register, (b) who died in circumstances suitable for organ donation and...

      Pain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on the publication of a quality standard for chronic pain in adults.

      Pain

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) elective and (b) emergency (i) admissions and (ii) bed days were recorded for patients with a primary diagnosis of chronic pain in each...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 10 October 2011, Official Report, column 311W, on radiotherapy, how many of the members of the Specialised Service Transitional...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 10 October 2011, Official Report, column 310W, on radiotherapy, (1) and with reference to the first annual report of the...

      Stem Cells: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many stem cell transplants were approved in each specialised commissioning group under (a) standard, (b) clinical option and (c) developmental...

  • Wales

    • Departmental Assets

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

    • Departmental Lost Property

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

      Departmental Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much her Department has spent on hospitality for staff since May 2010.

      Departmental Responsibilities

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

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether draft regulations on the use of animals in scientific procedures transposing EU Directive 2010/63/EU into UK law will be open for...

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed Tamil asylum seekers have been returned to Sri Lanka in each month since May 2010; and if she will make a statement.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her assessment is of the extent of progress by the Greek government in implementing its National Action Plan for Managed Migration and...

      Crimes of Violence: Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many violent offences where the victim and perpetrator were under 18 years old were categorised as (a) detected, (b) undetected, (c) live...

      Departmental Consultants

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

      Deportation: North Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were returned to (a) Libya, (b) Algeria and (c) Tunisia under the provisions of memoranda of understanding in each of the...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Tier Four visa holders had left the UK on completion of their studies as of 1 September (a) 2009, (b) 2010 and (c) 2011.

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she has received on amending legislation in respect of the sale of fireworks to limit their purchase to one week before...

      Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether (a) she or (b) officials of her Department have met representatives of the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals...

      Gangs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many gangs have been identified in (a) each London borough and (b) each police force area in each of the last five years.

      Hillsborough Independent Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 24 October 2011, Official Report, column 45W, on Hillsborough Stadium, whether papers submitted by South Yorkshire...

      Migration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department by what date she expects to reduce net migration to tens of thousands.

      Prisoners' Release: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign national prisoners had not been removed at the end of their custodial sentence and were not being detained for immigration...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether it is his policy that the UK should exceed the minimum requirements for EU carbon dioxide reductions.

    • Departmental Consultants

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

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 25 October 2011, Official Report, columns 185-86W, on departmental procurement, how many of the contracts...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans his Department has to mark the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All in 2012.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he plans to take in respect of his smart meter rollout to ensure that the system is secure against hacking by third parties.

      Natural Gas: Exploration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what (a) policy and (b) legislative proposals he plans to bring forward in respect of the regulation of shale gas exploration.

      Warm Home Discount Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many people (a) nationally and (b) in Milton Keynes unitary authority area have participated in the warm home discount scheme.

  • Transport

    • Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what account her Department takes of (a) socio-economic factors and (b) potential revenues for the Exchequer in the awarding of contracts.

    • Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the status is of her Department's proposed increase in maximum trailer size for articulated heavy goods vehicles; and what assessment she has made...

      Railway Stations: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions her Department has had with (a) the Association of Train Operating Companies and (b) Transport for London on the re-zoning of...

      Railways: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost to the public purse was of travel concessions issued to former employees of British Rail in each year since 1997.

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport at what locations the coastguard has used emergency towing vessels in operations off the Scottish coast in the last five years.

      Shipping: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she plans to take to ensure that emergency towing vessels are available for spot-purchasing at the time of a reported emergency.

      Shipping: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what average time she expects to elapse between the time of an emergency call-out of a training vessel to (a) the spot purchase of an emergency towing...

      Shipping: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the number of emergency towing vessels that can be spot-purchased.

      Shipping: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions her Department has had with the private maritime sector in Scotland on proposed changes to the maritime safety, emergency salvage and...

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the optimal leverage ratio for UK banks.

    • Civil Servants: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many retired civil servants received pre-tax pensions of over (a) £50,000 and (b) £100,000 per year in the last year for which figures are...

      Departmental Consultants

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

      Equitable Life Assurance Society

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will assess the findings of the investigation by the Equitable Members Action Group Ltd and David Forfar in respect of pre-1992 with profits...

      Monetary Policy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made about whether quantitative easing is a necessary condition for his Department's plans for credit easing.

      National Insurance Contributions: Gedling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses in Gedling constituency have participated in the National Insurance contribution holiday scheme since its introduction.

      Research and Development Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many small and medium-sized enterprises claimed research and development tax relief in the last year for which figures are available.

      Third Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he has received representations concerning (a) the Big Society Bank, (b) the Work Programme and (c) volunteering since June 2011; and if he...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 18 October 2011, Official Report, columns 856-58W, on departmental procurement, whether any of the...

    • Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 18 October 2011, Official Report, columns 856-58W, on departmental procurement, whether any of the...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether he receives any external funding for (a) his ministerial office and (b) his advisers; and what the (i) source and (ii)...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much funding his Department has provided in grant in aid to each arm's length body for which he is responsible in (a)...

      World War I: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what plans his Department has to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Civil Servants: Procurement

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

    • Departmental Advertising

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

      Departmental Procurement

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

      Departmental Security

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

      Departmental Travel

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

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to allocate funds received from the European Regional Development Fund to projects in the English regions.

      Local Government: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which private sector companies are providing free consultancy services to each local authority; and what the nature of the...

      Tenants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consideration he has given to housing tenure reform as part of the big society initiative.

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many (a) maintenance crew and (b) airframes there are in the (i) RAF, (ii) Fleet Air Arm and (iii) Army Air Corps; [R] (2) how many aircraft...

    • Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of the 2011 intake at joint services command and staff college are from the (a) Army, (b) RAF and (c) Royal Navy. [R]

      Armed Forces: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department has taken to review its policy on minimum age recruitment to the armed services since the UK's ratification of the Optional...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the value of the work for each of the sub-contractors in the Lockheed Martin UK Warrior Transformation Team.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate what proportion of the monetary value of the work on the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme will be undertaken in (a) Scotland,...

      AWE Aldermaston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the projected cost is of the Technology Development Centre to be built at Aldermaston.

      British Army Training Unit Suffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on the British Army Training Unit Suffield in each of the last 10 years.

      British Army Training Unit Suffield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the likely effect on the cost of army training facilities of transferring such facilities from Germany to the British Army...

      Clyde Submarine Base

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the cost of the refurbishment of the explosives handling jetty at RNAD Coulport.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      Irg

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has awarded any contracts to IRG Ltd.

      Italy: Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the outcome was of discussions between his Department and the Italian Government on medium altitude long endurance unmanned aerial vehicles.

      Nuclear Power Stations: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department is conducting nuclear stress tests as required by the European Commission for defence nuclear establishments and reactors.

      Nuclear Power Stations: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a redacted copy of his review of the safety of the defence nuclear programme in the light of the Fukushima nuclear accident.

      Somalia: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department has spent on (a) training Ugandan and Burundian soldiers to serve in the Amisom force and (b) funding Amisom operations in...

      Warships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many warships are available for active service in the Navy.

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) material and (b) technical support his Department provided to the Yemeni Government in each of the last five years.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff working for his Department in (a) France and (b) the US were employed as consultants in (i) 2010-11 and (ii)...

    • Departmental Public Expenditure

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

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many applications from employees to run services for which his Department is directly responsible he has received since May...

      Departmental Security

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

      Government Communications Headquarters: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the budget was for GCHQ in each of the last two years; what the planned budget is in each of the next three years; and if...

      Irg

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had meetings with representatives of IRG Ltd.

      Kosovo: Borders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the border dispute in Kosovo.

      UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the likely effect of the adoption in its present form of the draft protocol on...

      UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what legal advice his Department has received on the Government's interpretative declaration on the Optional Protocol to the...

      World War I: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans his Department has to mark the 100(th) anniversary of the start of the First World War.

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) material and (b) technical support his Department provided to the Yemeni Government in each of the last five years.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will estimate the number of domestic dogs and cats injured by snares in England in the latest period for which figures...

    • Cattle: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the European Commission on the granting of subsidies for live cattle exports to non-EU...

      Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she plans to bring forward measures to encourage responsible dog ownership; and if she will make a statement.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equality and Human Rights Commission: Manpower

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities whether the Government Equalities Office has discussed with officials of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) the employment of (a) interim...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister 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.

  • Attorney-General

    • Bona Vacantia

      To ask the Attorney-General how many calls the telephone inquiry line operated by the Bona Vacantia Division of the Treasury Solicitor's Department received in each of the last five years.

    • Departmental Security

      To ask the Attorney-General (1) what level of security vetting is required for the post of (a) head of communications, (b) deputy head of communications and (c) head of press office in the Law...

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Attorney-General what company or Government service is used to undertake security vetting at (a) counter terrorist check, (b) security check and (c) developed vetting level in the Law...

  • Justice

    • Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent discussions he has had on the time taken for payment of legal aid fees since the process was centralised.

    • Prisons: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which bodies will be responsible for the health care of people in prisons in England and Wales following the closure of primary care trusts.

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convictions for repeat offenders there were in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency, (b) London and (c) England in each of the last 10 years.

  • Education

    • Children’s Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proposals he has for future obligations or requirements for the provision of childcare by children centres.

    • Email

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

      New Schools Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) pursuant to the answer of 11 October 2011, Official Report, column 360W, on New Schools Network, for what reason he has decided not to publish...

      Postgraduate Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) when his Department decided to reduce support for PGCE students starting in September 2011; what support his Department will provide to such...

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what progress has been made on the pilots of a new approach to permanent exclusions; what plans he has to introduce legislative proposals to amend...

      Schools: Fire Extinguishers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the proportion of new build and refurbished schools that comply with Government guidelines on the inclusion of sprinklers;...

      Social Mobility

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

      Students: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many local authorities have changed their transport subsidies for 16 to 18-year-olds accessing education and training between academic years...

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much funding he proposes to allocate to the National Citizen Service in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14 and (c) 2014-15; and if he will make a statement.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the ratio of jobseeker's allowance claimants to vacancies notified to Jobcentre Plus was in each (a) region, (b) local authority area and...

  • International Development

    • Departmental Buildings

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

    • Departmental Responsibilities

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

  • Cabinet Office

    • Third Sector Organisations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what plans he has to increase co-operation between the civil service and third sector organisations.

    • Third Sector Organisations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the potential effects of spending decisions by local authorities on funding for third sector organisations in 2012-13;...

      Public Sector Mutuals

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to encourage public sector mutuals.

      Cyber Security

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what his priorities are for the Office of Cyber Security and Information Assurance.

      Open Government Partnership

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the potential role of the Open Government Partnership in promoting openness and transparency.

      Cobra: Security

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the (a) names and (b) positions were of non-security services civil servants who attended COBR committee meetings since May 2010.

      Construction: Manpower

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people were employed in the construction industry in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the north east and (d) the UK in each...

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office 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.

      Departmental Lost Property

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office 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 Responsibilities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office 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...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much funding his Department allocated to each telephone helpline funded by his Department in 2011-12; what the purpose is of each such helpline; and...

      Government Departments: Databases

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the effect of the Open Data project; what account he will take of this assessment in determining the future of the...

      Mutual Societies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to increase the number of community-owned mutuals; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Bodies Bill [HL]

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent representations he has received on the provisions of the Public Bodies Bill [Lords].

      Public Sector: Sick Leave

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to reduce sickness absence in the public sector to the same levels as in the private sector.

      Third Sector

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will set and publish targets for the number of new (a) charities, (b) co-operatives, (c) employee-owned mutuals, (d) community-owned mutuals, (e)...

      United Kingdom Statistics Authority: 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 UK...

      World War I: Anniversaries

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what preparations his Department has made for co-ordinating the commemoration of the 100(th) anniversary of the start of the First World War.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Gangmasters Licensing Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the possible effect of the relocation of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority from the Department...

    • Trade: Developing Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to work towards a conclusion to the Doha round in 2011.

      Vetting

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

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what level of security vetting is required for (a) special advisers and (b) ministerial-appointed policy advisers in his...

      Vetting

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

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Dairy Farms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have undertaken a cost assessment of the impact of the proposals regarding (a) nitrate-vulnerable zones, and (b) the water framework directive, on...

    • Banking: Switzerland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to legislate to prohibit British subjects from holding bank accounts in Switzerland.

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the average end-to-end processing times for new claims of (a) income support, (b) job seeker's allowance, (c) employment support allowance, (d) housing...

      Children: Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total expenditure in 2009-10 on caring for children in local authority children's homes.

      Children: Looked-after Children

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many looked-after children proceeded to university education in 2010.

      Elections: Voting System

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 17 October (WA 12), why citizens of Commonwealth countries in which British citizens are not...

      Finance: Credit Easing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in what ways they expect credit easing to act differently from quantitative easing.

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the risk assessment provided by Oxitec to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs...

      Genetically Modified Organisms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were each of the notifications of transboundary shipments of genetically modified organisms supplied to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs...

      Government Departments: Legal Fees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money was spent on legal fees by the Department for Transport in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and what is the estimated expenditure for 2011 and 2012; and how...

      Government Departments: Major Projects List

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 20 October (Official Report, col. 375), what are the projects on the Cabinet Office's major projects list. To...

      Government: Official Photographs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government at what events in the past six months they have taken official photographs of the Home Secretary.

      Gypsies and Travellers: Dale Farm

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Basildon Council about how many children and sick, disabled or elderly people were resident at Dale Farm; and what information...

      Health: Autism Spectrum Disorder

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have determined a legal definition for, or recognition of, Autism Spectrum Disorder.

      Justice: Out-of-court Disposals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many persistent offenders were given out-of-court settlements in 2010.

      Major Projects Review Group

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 20 October (Official Report, col. 375), what is the membership of the Major Projects Review Group.

      Major Projects Review Group

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 20 October (Official Report, col. 375), what are the terms of reference of the Cabinet Office's Major...

      Migrant Workers: Bulgarians and Romanians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 19 October (WA 81), how many work permits were issued to Bulgarian and Romanian adult nationals entering the...

      National Lottery: Tickets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of where lottery tickets are purchased and where the money for good causes is distributed.

      NHS: Health Education England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements will be made for the education and training of health and healthcare professionals prior to the setting up of Health Education England.

      NHS: Health Education England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish their draft proposals on how education, training and workforce planning will be organised under Health Education England.

      NHS: Public Health England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to make Public Health England an executive agency; and, if not, why not.

      Planning: Green Belt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of existing and planned legislation on the countryside amenities and the green belt areas surrounding the Blacon...

      Railways: Stations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many railway stations have been built in the past five years; and of these, how many have failed to meet their targets with regard to (a) passenger numbers,...

      Railways: Stations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what work is (a) being conducted now, and (b) planned for the next three years, to determine station usage and demand forecasts for newly opened railway lines and...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they consider that the United Nations Humanitarian Co-ordinator is taking the right action in response to the situation in South Kordofan.

      Transport: Heavy Goods Vehicles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 17 October (WA 37-8), as the average axle load of a public service vehicle is around 5 tonnes and that of a heavy...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many persons who originally entered the United Kingdom on (a) an overseas domestic worker (visitor) visa, (b) an overseas domestic worker (other) visa, and (c)...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make recognition of those companies which accredit private colleges in order to issue confirmations of acceptance for studies (CAS) for visa...

      War Memorials

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether VAT can be recovered on the construction of war memorials in order that public donations for such works are put directly toward the cost of building the...

      Waste Management: Fly Tipping

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many prosecutions there were for fly tipping in each year since 1990, in each London borough and in the City of London, up until the last year for which...

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