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Written answers

Thursday, 3 November 2011

  • Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee

    • Government Procurement Card

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, pursuant to the answer of 6 September 2011, Official Report,...

    • Government Procurement Card

      To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, pursuant to the answer of 6 September 2011, Official Report,...

  • Attorney-General

    • Corruption

      To ask the Attorney-General what guidance he has issued to Ministers and officials in the Law Officers' Department to ensure their actions are compliant with the UK's obligations under Article 5...

    • Departmental Security

      To ask the Attorney-General how many people were in possession of a security pass for the Law Officers' departments headquarters, including multi-site headquarters and not including staff or...

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...

    • Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what level of security vetting is required for (a) grade six and seven, or equivalent, press officers and (b) Ministerial private secretaries in his...

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what level of security vetting is required for (a) special advisers and (b) Ministerial-appointed policy advisers in his Department; and if he will list...

      Departmental Security

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

      Departmental Security

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

      Internships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many unpaid and expenses-only internships (a) his Department and (b) each public body for which he is responsible employed in the last 12 months for...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has held with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the location of the proposed Technology and Innovation...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Parking

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether the major refurbishment of the House of Commons underground car park...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had on the processing of payments by the Rural Payments Agency.

    • Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will conduct a further impact assessment on the measuring and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions by...

      Lighting: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department has made of steps taken by local authorities to investigate complaints of light nuisance using...

      Lighting: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many notices requiring the abatement of light nuisance, or prohibiting or restricting its occurrence or recurrence, have...

      Lighting: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to reduce the level of (a) nuisance lighting and (b) light pollution in London.

      Natural Gas: Exploration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what mechanisms are in place to ensure that chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing are registered in accordance with Article...

      Veterinary Laboratory Service: Newcastle upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff are currently employed in the Veterinary Laboratory Service in Newcastle upon Tyne.

      Water Abstraction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what definition her Department uses of sustainable abstraction of water from rivers.

  • Defence

    • Departmental Allowances

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

    • Consultants

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

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what joint procurement exercises his Department has undertaken with partners in (a) France, (b) Germany, (c) Norway, (d) Sweden, (e) Finland and (f) Denmark.

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (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...

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 18 October 2011, Official Report, column 872W, on the European Fighter Aircraft, what estimate he has made of the cost of the...

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour Orders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Antisocial Behaviour Orders were issued in each local authority for each category of anti-social behaviour in each of the last five...

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time taken was for processing legacy asylum cases in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 13 October 2011, Official Report, column 497W, on asylum, whether 479,000 or 455,000 asylum cases under the legacy...

      Criminal Records Bureau: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has for the Criminal Records Bureau office at Princes Dock, Liverpool.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officials were (a) directly and (b) otherwise employed by non-departmental public bodies for which her Department is responsible (i)...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officials in her Department and the bodies for which she is responsible earned more than (a) £65,000, (b) £95,000, (c)...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officials in her Department received a bonus in each year since 2007.

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) statutory instruments, (b) ministerial orders and (c) other pieces of secondary legislation were issued by her Department in (i)...

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were in possession of a security pass for her main departmental headquarters, including multi-site headquarters and not...

      Internships

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many unpaid and expenses-only internships (a) her Department and (b) each public body for which she is responsible employed in the last...

      Deportation: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many foreign nationals convicted of offences in the UK and subject to multi-agency public protection arrangements have (a) been...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what definition of domestic violence her Department uses; and whether there are any qualifications of that definition in respect of...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 28 June 2011, Official Report, columns 681-82W, on foreign workers, what assessment the 2010 review of labour...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 15 September 2011, Official Report, columns 1279-80W, on overseas students: entry clearances, what the principal...

      Federation of Student Islamic Societies

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to engage with Islamic students; and if she will make a statement.

      Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 24 October 2011, Official Report, column 46W, on police: harassment warnings, what her Department's policy is on...

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many incidents of knife crime by people under 18 years old were recorded in (a) North Wales and (b) Aberconwy constituency in each...

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of knife crime were recorded in (a) North Kent and (b) Kent in each of the last four years.

      Legal Opinion

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

      Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much her Department spent on (a) legal advice and (b) instructing counsel in (i) 2007, (ii) 2009, (iii) 2010 and (iv) the first six...

      Prostitution: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with (a) the Metropolitan Police, (b) the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games, (c) local...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • BBC World Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on the future of the BBC World...

    • World Athletics Championships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what support his Department has provided for London's bid to host the 2017 World Athletics championships; and if he will make...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many civil servants in his Department received a bonus in each year since 2007.

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what level of security vetting is required for the post of (a) head of communications, (b) deputy head of communications...

      Departmental Security

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

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many people were in possession of a security pass for his main departmental headquarters, including multi-site...

      E-mails

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many (a) emails, (b) letters and (c) meetings (i) he and (ii) his officials have had with their counterparts in the...

      Gambling: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether his Department is taking steps to publicise the negative effects of gambling (a) in general and (b) on younger people.

      News International

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent meetings his Department has had with representatives of News International; and whether the BBC licence fee...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much funding his Department allocated to organisations other than arm's length bodies in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and...

      Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment his Department has made of the attractiveness of the UK as an international tourist destination.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Consultants

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

    • Legal Opinion

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

      Departmental Responsibilities

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

      Departmental Security

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

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of people were in receipt of disability living allowance as a result of musculoskeletal disorders in the latest...

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants of disability living allowance had a learning disability (a) as a main disabling condition and (b) in addition to a main...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans his Department has to ensure that people in receipt of employment and support allowance in the work related activity group whose...

      Flexible New Deal Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the potential effects of the publication by providers in the Flexible New Deal programme of their own...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on exempting single pregnant local housing allowance claimants from the shared accommodation rate limit.

      Industrial Accidents: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people employed in the construction industry in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK died in...

      Industrial Accidents: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of workplace deaths in the construction industry resulted in (a) prosecution and (b) conviction in each year since 1997.

      Industrial Health and Safety: Custodial Treatment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many employer representatives were given custodial sentences for offences relating to failure to comply with health and safety legislation...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of jobs advertised through Jobcentre Plus in England and Wales (a) required a skilled worker and (b) were of graduate level in...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the potential for data sharing between Jobcentre Plus and organisations seeking to link jobseekers with...

      Jobseeker’s Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many job centres did not meet their targets on reducing the number of jobseeker's allowance claimants in (a) the last quarter, (b) the last...

      Pensions: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with which countries there is a (a) reciprocal agreement and (b) legal requirement for the UK state pension payable to UK pensioners living...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of the 21 to 60 year old population were out of employment and in receipt of benefits in each year from 1990 to 2011; and if he...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he has taken to ensure that people with a learning disability are able to use easy-read and accessible forms when applying for (a)...

      Universal Credit: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the effect on levels of fraud and error of using self-reporting as an alternative to real-time PAYE...

      Universal Credit: Major Projects Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many reports the Major Projects Authority has completed on the implementation of universal credit; and on what dates these reports were...

      Universal Credit: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with Ministers from the Northern Ireland Executive on the effect of welfare reform and the introduction of the...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what steps he is taking to provide financial support to cancer patients for fuel costs in the winter of 2011-12; (2) whether he has any...

  • Justice

    • Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he has made an assessment of the proposal on coronial reform submitted to his Department jointly by INQUEST and the Royal British Legion,...

    • Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) pursuant to the answer of 19 October 2011, Official Report, column 1014W, on departmental procurement, how many contracts involved the provision of...

      Public Bodies Reform

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will consider publishing a paper summarising the responses to his Department's consultation on reforming the public bodies of his Department prior...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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...

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (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...

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many claimants appearing before an Employment Tribunal had legal representation in (a) 2009, (b) 2010 and (c) 2011.

      Offensive Weapons: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many individuals aged 18 years or younger (a) were prosecuted and (b) received custodial sentences for carrying a bladed or pointed article in a...

      Personal Injury: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of how much income (a) companies, (b) public bodies and (c) trade unions receive in referral fees arising from insurance claims...

      Prisoners' Release

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders have committed (a) murder, (b) rape, (c) sexual offences and (d) other violent offences after being released from prison early and...

      War Memorials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans his Department has to provide support for the protection and preservation of war memorials.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Adam Werritty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether Ministers in his Department have met Mr Adam Werritty in an official capacity.

    • Armed Conflict: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will consider amending the interpretative declaration on the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many officials in his Department received a bonus in each year since 2007.

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what level of security vetting is required for (a) grade six and seven, or equivalent, press officers and (b) Ministerial...

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what level of security vetting is required for (a) special advisers and (b) Ministerial-appointed policy advisers in his...

      Departmental Security

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

      Departmental Security

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

      India: EU External Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the free trade agreement being negotiated between the EU and the Indian government containing protections...

      Irg

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has awarded any contracts to IRG Ltd.

      Macedonia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of Macedonia on the issue of Albanian separatism.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to reply to the letter of 15 September 2011 from the hon. Member for Cardiff West concerning the oral answer of 14...

  • Prime Minister

    • Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the 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.

    • Financial Services: Taxation

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will publish his response to any correspondence received from residents of Birkenhead constituency on implementation of a financial transaction tax following the...

      Lord Young of Graffham

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) on what occasions Lord Young of Graffham has visited 10 Downing street in the last 12 months; (2) what facilities in 10 Downing street Lord Young of Graffham has...

  • Treasury

    • Business: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the change in the level of credit available to businesses in 2011.

    • Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families in (a) England, (b) the west midlands and (c) Dudley borough are in receipt of the child tax credit family element.

      Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to encourage other countries to become signatories to the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters; what steps...

      Debts: Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information his Department holds on (a) the number and (b) the value of corporate bonds to be issued in the UK in the next 12 months.

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (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...

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were in possession of a security pass for his main Departmental headquarters, including multi-site headquarters and not including staff or...

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 how...

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the contribution by the Chancellor of the Exchequer of 12 October 2011, Official Report, columns 366-82, what evidence he considered in...

      Excise Duties: Biofuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what discussions his Department has had with the (a) Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and (b) Home Office on the effects of the fuel...

      Hotel Expenses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies spent on hotel expenses incurred (i) in the UK and (ii) abroad in 2010-11.

      Inflation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the change in (a) the level of Government spending on benefits and pensions and (b) Government borrowing as a result of the...

      Job Creation: Private Sector

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the Government is taking to promote job creation in the private sector.

      Tax Allowances: Film

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason animated films are not eligible for the tax incentives available to feature films.

      Tax Havens

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to reduce tax avoidance through the use of tax havens.

      Taxation: Football

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will estimate the annual loss in (a) revenues from taxation and (b) National Insurance contributions arising from the use of image rights...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has any plans to remove the qualifying age barrier for working tax credit; and if he will make a statement.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many contracts his Department has advertised on the Contracts Finder website in each month since May 2010; what the value was of such contracts;...

    • Departmental Security

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (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...

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people were in possession of a security pass for his main Departmental headquarters, including multi-site headquarters and not including staff...

      Departmental: Security

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what level of security vetting is undertaken in respect of civil service or political staff who attend meetings of (a) the Cabinet and (b) Cabinet...

      Scandinavia

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many official visits have been made by Prime Ministers to (a) Norway, (b) Sweden and (c) Denmark since 1981.

  • Health

    • Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to review the (a) use in the NHS and (b) value for money of (i) bevacizumab (Avastin), (ii) cetuzimab (Erbitux), (iii) lapatinib...

    • Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many applications were made to each strategic health authority for (a) bevacizumab (Avastin), (b) cetuximab (Erbitux), (c) lapatinib (Tyverb) and (d)...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration his Department has given to national commissioning of treatment for patients diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis.

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (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...

      Departmental Security

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

      Hepatitis: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve access to treatment for patients with hepatitis C infection.

      Ivf

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will instruct all primary care trusts to provide IVF treatment for women if they require it.

      NHS: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps he has taken to protect whistle-blowers in the NHS from reprisal; and if he will make a statement.

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 October 2011, Official Report, columns 837-38W, on nutrition, whether the evidence underpinning the responsibility deal will...

      Social Services: Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on each category of services for adults with learning disabilities in each year since 2000-01; and how much and what...

      Social Services: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 14 September 2011, Official Report, column 1234W, on social services: training, whether funding for the social work bursary will...

  • Education

    • Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education on which aspects of the adoption system the Ministerial Adviser on Adoption (a) has commenced a thematic study to date and (b) expects to commence a...

    • Adoption: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of looked-after children were placed for adoption within 12 months of being identified for adoption by each local authority in England...

      Children In Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what reforms to the care system he is considering as a result of suggestions made to his Department's Tell Tim website.

      Children: Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his Department's expenditure was on (a) looked-after children and (b) adoption services for each category of spending in England in 2010-11.

      Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what procedures govern the transfer of special advisers to the civil service in his Department.

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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 Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many new senior staff have been appointed to his Department since May 2010; and what the qualifications and experience are of such staff.

      Ministerial Meetings

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

      Departmental Orders and Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many (a) statutory instruments, (b) ministerial orders and (c) other pieces of secondary legislation were issued by his Department in (i)...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many civil servants in his Department received a bonus in each year since 2007.

      Departmental Pay

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

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many senior staff of his Department were appointed following the advertising of the post and subsequent shortlisting and interview since May 2010;...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what definition of domestic violence his Department uses; and whether there are any qualifications of that definition in respect of particular services...

      Foster Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of local authorities in England have signed up to the Foster Carers' Charter.

      Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many officials in his Department were working in its legal section in June 2011; and how many staff were working in the legal departments of his...

      Public Sector

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

      Special Educational Needs: Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of looked-after children in England have a statement of special educational needs.

      Young People: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many people aged between 16 and 19 years old were not in education, employment or training in Ashton-under-Lyne constituency in each of the last...

      Young People: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many people aged between 16 and 19 were not in education, training or employment in Warrington North constituency in each of the last five years.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Airports: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the effect of airports policy on economic growth.

    • Business: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding allocated under the Small Business Research Initiative has been spent to date; how many small and medium-sized...

      Business: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he plans to respond to the findings of the British Chambers of Commerce Workforce Survey: Small Businesses.

      Business: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will take to steps to facilitate business-to-business mentoring for the purposes of encouraging growth in small and...

      Debit Cards: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the Government's response to the report by the Office of Fair...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what progress his Department has made in eliminating pre-qualification questionnaires for procurements with a value of under...

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people were in possession of a security pass for his main Departmental headquarters, including multi-site headquarters...

      Directors: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department has assessed the effects on the economy of director disqualifications.

      Directors: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department has had discussions with the Insolvency Service on the effects on the economy of director disqualifications.

      Fireworks: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will review adequacy of legislative provision governing the sale of fireworks in Scotland.

      Higher Education: Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many applications for admission to arts degree courses universities have received in each of the five years to 2011-12; what...

      London International College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to investigate complaints that the London International College accepted fees from prospective students...

      Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of the membership of his Department's expert and adviser groups come from each of the (a) nations and (b) regions...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills for what reasons he decided not to run a third round of the Regional Growth Fund.

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the expected completion date for due diligence for successful bids to the second round of the...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what support his Department plans to offer to businesses which were unsuccessful in the most recent round of the Regional Growth Fund.

      Rolling Stock: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what work has been undertaken by the Economic Task Force with (a) Chambers of Commerce and (b) other business groups outside...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 17 October 2011, Official Report, column 759W, on students: finance, on how many occasions he has...

      Summertime: Religious Practice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on the religiously observant of the provisions of the Daylight...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the effect of proposals for changes to legislation governing electoral registration on registration levels at the time of the next...

  • Transport

    • Departmental Allowances

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

    • Departmental Buildings

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

      Procurement

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

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many external training courses staff of her Department attended in the last 12 months; and what the cost to the public purse was of each course.

      Departmental Travel

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

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions she has had with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency on the future requirement to pass information to car parking companies...

      Heathrow Airport: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she plans to define the trigger mechanisms for the deployment of tactically enhanced (a) arrivals and (b) departures measures at Heathrow Airport.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much will be spent on preparatory work for High Speed 2 in (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13.

      M1: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects the roadworks on the M1 motorway in the vicinity of junction 11 to be completed, the temporary 50 mph removed and all carriageways...

      M1: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what purpose lay-bys are being constructed on the M1 motorway south and north of junction 11; and at what cost.

      Motor Vehicles: Fuel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment her Department has made of the (a) additional fuel consumption and (b) carbon emissions produced by new vehicles since the introduction...

      Motor Vehicles: Fuel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding her Department makes available for the retrofitting of motor vehicles to increase fuel efficiency; and if she will make a statement.

      Motorways: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the potential effect of higher speed limits on motorways on the level of (a) fuel consumption and (b) carbon emissions.

      Public Transport: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to ensure that industrial action will not disrupt public services during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when her Department plans to establish the (a) Rail System Agency and (b) National Safety Task Force recommended in the McNulty Rail Value For Money Study.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when her Department plans to establish the Rail Delivery Group with links to cross-industry bodies recommended in the McNulty Rail Value For Money Study.

      Railways: Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information her Department holds on the (a) number, (b) type and (c) likely duration of jobs in the UK which will be created by (i) the Intercity...

      Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she intends to lay a revised Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation before the House.

      Shipping: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether an external risk assessment has been conducted on proposed changes to the maritime safety regime.

      Shipping: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what risk assessment her Department has conducted in relation to the proposed changes to the maritime safety regime; and if she will publish that...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Legal Opinion

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

    • Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the cost was of (a) internal and (b) external legal advice commissioned by his Department in the first six months of 2011.

      Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change 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...

      Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many officials in his Department were working in its legal section in June 2011; and how many staff were working in the legal...

      Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department spent on (a) legal advice and (b) instructing counsel in (i) 2007, (ii) 2009, (iii) 2010 and (iv) the first six...

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many officials were (a) directly and (b) otherwise employed by non-departmental public bodies for which his Department is...

      Departmental Pay

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

      Internships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many unpaid and expenses-only internships (a) his Department and (b) each public body for which he is responsible employed in the...

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with electricity generators on the need to retain energy intensive industries as future baseload customers.

      Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 31 October 2011, on the Feed-In Tariff scheme, what assessment he has made of the...

      Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 31 October 2011, on the Feed-In Tariff scheme, what discussions he has had with...

      Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the potential contribution of shale gas in meeting energy needs in the next decade; and if...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Departmental Hospitality

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

    • Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what regulations his Department introduced between 1 March 2011 and 31 May 2011; and what the estimated costs of...

      Telephone Services

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

      Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many external training courses staff of his Department attended in the last 12 months; and what the cost to the public purse...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Burton (Andrew Griffiths) of 20 July 2011, Official Report, column 1102W, on the...

  • International Development

    • Departmental Lost Property

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

    • Internships

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many unpaid and expenses-only internships (a) his Department and (b) each public body for which he is responsible employed in the...

      Developing Countries: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which of his Department's country programmes specifically tackle exclusion of children with disabilities from education.

      Developing Countries: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his policy is on supporting renewable energy feed-in tariff pilots in developing countries.

      Developing Countries: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what projects his Department supports to increase the representation of women in the teaching workforce in low income countries in (a)...

      Ethiopia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much of the aid his Department provides to Ethiopia is distributed via (a) the Ethiopian Government and (b) non-governmental...

      Ethiopia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Ethiopia.

      Foreign Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what priorities he has set for the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in respect of improving aid effectiveness in...

      Foreign Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the commitments on aid effectiveness in conflict-affected and fragile states in the third draft outcome...

      Human Rights: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what training in human rights officials of his Department receive; and whether the rights of children forms a component of such training.

      International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to encourage donors such as (a) the World Bank and (b) other donors to give aid for social objectives as grants...

      Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the three richest countries are to which his Department provides development aid; and whether he plans to reduce the level of...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what in-country situation analyses were conducted as part of the process of developing his Department's operational plans.

      Overseas Aid: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of his Department's aid budget has been spent on children or child-related areas in each year between 2008 and 2011.

      Overseas Aid: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department has a child protection policy.

      Somalia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has spent (a) on humanitarian relief for people in and from Somalia and (b) in total in Somalia in (i) the...

      Yemen

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

  • Leader of the House

    • e-Petitions

      To ask the Leader of the House what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Government's e-petition system; and if he will make a statement.

  • House of Lords

    • Abdul Baset Al Megrahi

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will instruct the British Ambassador to Libya to visit Abdul Baset Al Megrahi in Tripoli and ascertain his state of health.

    • Abortion

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they are pressing the Republic of Ireland, through the United Nations, to legalise abortion; and how this pressure is compatible with their commitment to...

      Agriculture: Soil Management

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they assess which areas of the country to prioritise for increased soil management regimes.

      Agriculture: Soil Management

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the Environment Agency advice that "selenium is an essential element (micronutrient) for animals and humans", what assessment they have made of...

      Arab Partnership

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the Arab Spring, what range of co-operation, advice and assistance they offer to countries in the Middle East through the Arab Partnership.

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Royal Air Force Nimrod aircrew were made redundant in the last round of redundancies; and how many are forecast to be made redundant in the next two...

      Armed Forces: Litigation Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will take steps to recover the costs of the trial from the compensation paid to Aidan McKeever following his High Court case against the Ministry of...

      Armed Forces: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what level of security clearance is held by Mr Luke Coffey, Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Defence; and what measures are in place to ensure that he...

      Aviation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the contribution of airports to the United Kingdom's infrastructure and to economic growth.

      Aviation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, given the Department for Transport's assertion in the UK Aviation Forecast's report (August 2011) that "The recent financial crisis and associated...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the increased use by banks of liquidity swaps represents a risk to financial stability.

      Banks: Lending

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Eurostat statistical report on unsuccessful loan applications by small and medium-sized businesses to United Kingdom banks...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was paid in state pension payments to residents of Scotland in the 2010-11 tax year. To ask Her Majesty's Government what they estimate will be the total...

      Children: Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Hill of Oareford on 18 October (WA 46), what is the breakdown of the £2,881 average cost per week of caring for a child...

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government to what extent the Arab Partnership Fund is being used to support women's rights and political participation in the forthcoming elections in Egypt; what percentage...

      Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on jobs in each region of the United Kingdom of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union.

      European Union

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Prime Minister on 24 October (Official Report, col. 26-7), what are the European Union powers and competencies which they intend...

      Export Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the meetings of the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies in each month since May 2010; who...

      Family Income

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (a) what was the median family income in 2008-09, 2009-10, and 2010-11; and (b) what was the percentage increase or decrease in income between each of those years.

      Gendercide

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the United Kingdom representative to the United Nations has raised the issue of gendercide in 2011 to date.

      Gendercide

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether in 2011 to date the British High Commissioner in India and the British Ambassador in China have raised the issue of gendercide affecting female babies in...

      Government Departments: Official Receptions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who represented the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at the recent Hillsborough reception which included the President of the Republic of Ireland.

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff have been employed by the Department for International Development in each year since 1997.

      Government: Official Photographs

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

      House of Lords: Catering

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what is the outstanding debt to the House of Lords Catering and Retail Services beyond the 30-day limit; and how much of that is owed by (a) members of the House...

      House of Lords: Oral Statements

      To ask the Leader of the House, further to the Statement he repeated on 24 October concerning Libya and the European Council meeting (Official Report, cols. 550-3), whether in the future when two...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Intergenerational Foundation's report Hoarding of Housing.

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will lead negotiations with the National Transitional Council in Libya to secure compensation for the victims of IRA violence.

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether negotiations with the National Transitional Council in Libya to secure compensation for victims of IRA violence will be left to private individuals or...

      Local Authorities: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of changes in per capita spending in local authorities following the 2011-12 local government settlement.

      Northern Ireland Office: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to award bonus payments to staff of the Northern Ireland Office; and how much such payments would be.

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Pension Regulator will be instructed to take into account the impact of quantitative easing when directing that action should be taken to accelerate...

      Protests

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are (a) considering availability for work surveys amongst those presently camping in support of the Occupy the Stock Exchange protests by St Paul's...

      Shipping: Towing Vessels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions have taken place with the Government of France in relation to the withdrawal of the coastguard's emergency towing vessels from their stations in...

      South Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are giving to the Government of South Sudan in expediting their application to join the Commonwealth; and what timetable has been established for...

      Transport: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what capital and revenue funding for local transport schemes has been provided to each of the London Boroughs and the City of London in each year since 1996.

      Unemployment: Under 25s

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support they make available to unemployed persons between (a) 16 and 18 years old, and (b) 18 and 25 years old.

      Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated cost of the computer system that will be established to run the universal credit.

      Universal Credit

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the National Audit Office has been consulted about the development and planning of the computer system that will be established to run the universal credit.

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