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Written answers

Monday, 7 November 2011

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Biofuels: Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on the removal of its subsidy of biomass for electricity.

    • Biofuels: Timber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he is considering reducing the subsidy for biomass for wood sourced in the UK.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many meetings he has had with (a) the Renewable Energy Association and (b) the Solar Traders Association since his appointment; and...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the reason is for the time taken by his Department to announce its consultation on the Energy Company Obligation.

      Natural Gas: Exploration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the risks of contamination of the water supply by the process of fracking from the leak of (a) fracking...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether community-owned renewable energy schemes with a generating capacity above 50 kilowatt will be eligible to receive support...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of feed-in tariff installations are in (a) solar, (b) wind, (c) micro combined heat and power and (d) hydro.

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether the reduction in the feed-in tariff for solar power will apply to installations completed between 12 December 2011 and 31 March...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to paragraph 1 of his Department's consultation on Comprehensive Review Phase 1—Tariffs for Solar PV, published on...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to paragraph 37 of his Department's consultation on Comprehensive Review Phase 1—Tariffs for Solar PV, published...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animals: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment her Department carried out on the effect of (a) rationalisation of veterinary laboratory service sites and...

    • Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consideration she has given to the public safety implications of using shooting as part of the proposed badger cull for...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment she has made of the effects of a badger cull using shooting on access to parts of the countryside...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has had discussions with (a) the Ramblers Association, (b) the British Horse Society and (c) other groups...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department has received any representations expressing concern about the policing of a badger cull.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the cost to farmers of the proposed badger cull using shooting.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with Ministers in the Welsh Government on the proposed badger cull using shooting.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what meetings she has had on the proposed badger cull using shooting since May 2010.

      Departmental Lost Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department has lost any (a) computers, (b) mobile telephones, (c) BlackBerrys and (d) other IT equipment since...

      Departmental Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department has allocated to each telephone helpline funded by her Department in 2011-12; what the purpose is of...

      Legal Opinion

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

      Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department has made an assessment of the recent surveys of (a) nuisance lighting and (b) light pollution by the...

      Veterinary Laboratory Service: Newcastle upon Tyne

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average length of time is for a sample sent by post from the Veterinary Laboratory in Thirsk to be tested and the...

  • Wales

    • Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what representatives she has received from children's charities on levels of child poverty in Wales.

    • Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what grants her Department made to charitable organisations in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Consultants

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

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 her Department has received in each month since May 2010; how many responses given in each such...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales in respect of how many responses to requests for information received by her Department under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 the reason of (a)...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales which Minister in her Department is responsible for determining whether exemptions to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 should apply to responses to...

      Departmental Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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 months of 2011; how...

      Departmental Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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 of 2011.

      Departmental Legal Opinion

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

      Departmental Legal Opinion

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

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many officials were (a) directly and (b) otherwise employed by non-departmental public bodies for which her Department is responsible (i) in 2000, (ii)...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many officials in her Department and the bodies for which she is responsible earned more than (a) £65,000, (b) £95,000, (c) £140,000 and...

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) statutory instruments, (b) ministerial orders and (c) other pieces of secondary legislation were issued by her Department in (i) 1990, (ii)...

      Departmental Responsibilities

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

      Departmental Work Experience

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

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions she has had with (a) the Secretary of State for the Home Department and (b) Welsh Government Ministers on youth crime.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Adam Werritty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether (a) he, (b) his Ministers and (c) officials of his Department have met (i) Mr Michael Hintze, (ii) Mr Tony Buckingham, (iii) Mr Michael...

    • Adam Werritty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether (a) he, (b) officials of his Department and (c) special advisers in his Department have met Mr Adam Werritty on official business since...

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Departmental Work Experience

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

      Foreign Relations: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Minister for Foreign Affairs in the Republic of Ireland on further joint collaboration.

      Legal Opinion

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

      Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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 2011.

      Legal Opinion

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

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Betting Shops: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many betting shop premises are licensed in each local authority area; and how many such licences are currently active.

    • Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what grants his Department made to charitable organisations in each of the last five years.

      Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his policy is on the National Planning Policy Framework containing measures to safeguard the character and sustainable...

      Council Tax: Swindon

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

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which Minister in his Department is responsible for determining whether exemptions to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 should...

      Departmental Responsibilities

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

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 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 Communities and Local Government what level of security vetting is required for (a) special advisers and (b) ministerial-appointed policy advisers in his...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of progress on his Department's policy to return empty homes to use.

      Enterprise Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have applied to set up enterprise zones and had their applications rejected.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of total housing need at the (a) upper and (b) lower limits of the recently published Office for...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships: Worcestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will estimate the level of inward investment to Redditch and the West Midlands arising from steps taken by the...

      Local Government Ombudsman (Amendment) Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 19 October 2011, Official Report, column 1045W, on Local Government Ombudsman (Amendment) Bill, when...

      Local Government: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department issues to local authorities on the use of social media websites.

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department has carried out an economic impact assessment on the effect of proposed changes to the Local Government...

      Manufacturing Industries: Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what incentives he plans to include in any future scheme for business rates to encourage local authorities to support...

      Non-Domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library copies of all responses to his consultation on business rates.

      Planning Permission: Milton Keynes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many representations to his Department's consultation on the draft National Planning Policy Framework were from the Milton...

      Planning: Skipton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many responses to the consultation on the Draft National Planning Policy Framework were received from Skipton and Ripon...

      Race Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department plans to take steps in response to the recommendation of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial...

      Race Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he plans to take in respect of the recommendations of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination;...

      Social Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions he has had about promoting social enterprises within his Department's area of responsibility in each month...

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) when he plans to announce his policy on planning for Gypsy and Traveller sites; (2) when he plans to publish the Planning...

      Urban Areas: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many bids have been received from local authorities for funding from the High Street Support Scheme; and how much funding...

  • Justice

    • Adam Werritty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether (a) he, (b) any Ministers and (c) officials of his Department have met (i) Mr Michael Hintze, (ii) Mr Tony Buckingham, (iii) Mr Michael Davis,...

    • Birmingham Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the private sector bids in the tendering process for HMP Birmingham were charged for (a) life supervision, (b) parole hearings, (c) programmes...

      Channel Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when Ministers next plan to travel to the Channel Islands; and whether they plan to raise implementation of the (a) Food Supplements Directive and (b)...

      Crown Courts: Teesside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what representations he has received on the logs issued by Teesside Crown court in the case of Mr Christopher Shepherd for 31 March 2008; and if he will...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many officials were (a) directly and (b) otherwise employed by non-departmental public bodies for which his Department is responsible (i) in 2000,...

      Departmental Responsibilities

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

      Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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...

      Dogs Act 1871

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been subject to proceedings in a magistrates court for offences under the Dogs Act 1871 in each year since 2005.

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were prosecuted for an offence in connection with a knife in (a) London, (b) England and (c) each police force area in each of the last...

      Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) 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 2011; (2)...

      Magistrates Courts: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) which areas are defined rural for the purposes of resource allocation for magistrates' court services; and whether he plans to review those areas;...

      Offenders: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what information his Department holds on the number of people (a) in prison, (b) on parole and (c) subject to a community order who (i) had formerly been...

      Offenders: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effect of the level of the prison population on the effectiveness of rehabilitation programmes in prisons.

      Prisons: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what factors arose between the publication of the Principles of Competition document in November 2009 and that of Principles of Competition document in...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of offenders leaving prison re-offended within (a) one, (b) two and (c) three years of release in the latest period for which figures are...

      Reparation by Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the communication needs of defendants or witnesses during the restorative justice process; and what steps he is taking to...

      Terrorism: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to implement the provisions of the Crime and Security Act 2010 relating to compensation for victims of terrorism overseas; and if he...

      Theft: Metals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many scrap metal merchants have been charged and convicted with receiving stolen goods in each of the last two years.

  • Scotland

    • Adam Werritty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether (a) he, (b) officials of his Department and (c) special advisers in his Department have met Mr Adam Werritty on official business since May...

    • Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 his Department has received in each month since May 2010; how many responses given in each...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland in respect of how many responses to requests for information received by his Department under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 the reason of (a)...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland which Minister in his Department is responsible for determining whether exemptions to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 should apply to responses to...

  • Education

    • Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the (a) proportion and (b) number of failed adoption placements were in each local authority area in England in each of the last five years.

    • Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what funding his Department has provided to (a) the Coram Foundation and (b) Barnardo's to support local authorities in improving their adoption...

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which local authorities he assesses as needing to make more effective use of the Adoption Register.

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what funding his Department has provided to the British Association for Adoption and Fostering to promote adoption in each of the last five years; and...

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what statistical assessment he has undertaken to inform the Government's strategy on adoption from care; (2) what target he has set for the...

      Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of looked-after children were (a) identified for adoption and (b) placed for adoption by each local authority in England in each of the...

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many and what proportion of care leavers from each local authority in England (a) were not in education, employment or training, (b) had commenced...

      Class Sizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what the ratio of pupils to all full-time equivalent staff was in primary schools in (a) 1981, (b) 1997 and (c) the most recent year for which...

      Departmental Consultants

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

      Departmental Lost Property

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

      Departmental Press: Subscriptions

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

      Departmental Security

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

      English Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the potential effects of the introduction of the English Baccalaureate on the take-up of subjects not included in its scope.

      English Baccalaureate: Chinese Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether Chinese will be included as a Modern Foreign Language option in the English Baccalaureate.

      Gcse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education in how many secondary schools over 80 per cent. of children achieved at least five GCSEs at A* to C, including English and mathematics.

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department has taken following the review of music education to (a) maximise the benefits of music education in schools and (b) support...

      New Schools Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many employees of his Department have previously worked for New Schools Network.

      Pupils: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to page 8 of his Department's guidance, Preventing and Tackling Bullying Advice for School Leaders, staff and Governing Bodies, when he...

      Schools: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answers of 5 September 2011, Official Report, column 315W, on schools: assessment, 20 July 2001, official report, column 2015W, on CSE...

      Schools: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 21 October 2011, Official Report, column 1174W, on schools: dogs, whether his Department has a policy on allowing dogs into...

      Schools: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he plans to take to promote the use of new technology in schools to assist with teaching and learning.

      Schools: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what funds are available to schools that wish to invest in new technology to assist with teaching and learning.

      Schools: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what discussions he has had with representatives of (a) schools and (b) the technology sector on opportunities for schools to invest in new...

      Social Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what discussions he has had about promoting social enterprises within his Department's area of responsibility in each month since May 2010; and if he...

      Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what estimate he has made of the turnover of teaching staff in maintained secondary schools with (a) high numbers of children eligible for free...

      Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education for what reason his Department has not carried out a valuation of the Teachers' Pension Scheme since 2007; what legal requirement there is to carry out...

      Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the number of teachers likely to opt out of the Teachers’ Pension scheme, if contributions rise to 9.8% of salary;...

      Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the evidential basis is for his Department’s assessment that the Teachers’ Pension Scheme has become unaffordable since the 2007...

      Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of teachers who will cease making pension contributions following the planned increase in contributions.

      Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to publish a valuation of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme.

      Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he expects the valuation of the Teachers' Pension Scheme to be published.

  • Home Department

    • Knife Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the level of knife crime.

    • Net Migration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress she is making in reducing net migration.

      Anti-Semitism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department has taken to combat anti-Semitism since July 2010; and if she will make a statement. [R]

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to publish her Department’s response to its consultation, More effective responses to antisocial behaviour.

      Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she has received from police constables on increasing police powers to deal with individuals who are causing antisocial...

      Cannabis

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has any plans to decriminalise high THC cannabis (a) use and (b) production; and if she will make a statement.

      Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) level 1 and (b) level 2 trained public order officers were available to the Metropolitan police in each year from 1999 to the...

      Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) arrested at the scene and (b) arrested at a later stage in connection with the public disorder of August 2011.

      Deportation: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the report by the Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency entitled A thematic inspection of how the UK Border Agency...

      E-mail

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

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on the transferability between companies of work permits for immigrants from outside the EU.

      Forensic Science Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect of the closure of the Forensic Science Service on the provision of forensic science services.

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many calls were received by (a) the Metropolitan police's trafficking victim helpline and (b) the UK Human Trafficking Centre's victim...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she has taken to provide safe homes for (a) adult and (b) child victims of human trafficking.

      Human Trafficking: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on separated and trafficked children in Northern Ireland.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall North of 19 September 2011 to the Prime Minister, transferred to her...

      Nature Conservation: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mandate the National Crime Agency will have to deal with wildlife crime.

      Police: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether police officers from forces outside London will be allowed to wear their own constabulary uniforms when policing for the London 2012...

      Seized Articles: Landfill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment her Department has made of the quantity of goods confiscated by police forces that end up in landfill.

      Young Offenders: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with Welsh Government Ministers on (a) gangs and youth violence and (b) youth crime in Wales.

      Young Offenders: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the oral statement of 1 November 2011, on gang-related violence, which areas in Wales she proposes will receive funding to tackle...

  • Transport

    • Airports: Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment her Department has made of airport operators' preparedness for extreme winter weather conditions.

    • Aviation: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she plans to publish the final Code of Practice for the Acceptable Use of Advanced Imaging Technology (Body Scanners) in an Aviation Security...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department is taking to ensure that its procurement can support domestic (a) transport manufacturing industry and (b) supply chains.

      Harbour Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 19 October 2011, Official Report, column 979W, on harbour authorities, what steps her Department takes to assess the...

      Harbour Authorities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 19 October 2011, Official Report, column 978W, on harbour authorities, what meetings have been held with each competent...

      Motorways: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate the Transport Research Laboratory has provided to her Department's Road Safety Division of the likely change in the number of (a) lives...

      Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reasons she no longer issues statements when she appoints trust port board members or authorises an extension in terms for such members; and...

      Railways: Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what work her Department has undertaken on the costs and benefits of replacing third rail systems with overhead electrical systems.

      Rescue Services: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to finalise the contract for search and rescue helicopters; and if she will make a statement.

      Rescue Services: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues on potential long-term procurement options for search and rescue helicopters; and if...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether officials in her Department have had recent discussions with (a) the Home Office and (b) the Highways Agency on reducing the time taken to...

      Shipping: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many ship-to-ship transfers have taken place within territorial waters (a) off the Southwold coast and (b) in any other harbour in the last 12 months.

      Shipping: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether her Department has reviewed its oil recovery plans in the light of the recent oil spill from the Rena off New Zealand.

      Shipping: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the potential effects of a temporary disabling of the global positioning system on fishing vessels, merchant vessels...

      Social Enterprises

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

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Legal Opinion

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

    • Departmental Orders and Regulations

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

      Departmental Security

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

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many letters on possible changes to employment and support allowance his Department has sent out; and at what cost to the public purse.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many incapacity benefit and employment and support allowance claimants there were in South West Bedfordshire constituency on the most...

      Jobcentre Plus: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to reduce Jobcentre (a) staff and (b) offices in Merseyside.

      PAYE: Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether real time PAYE information will be collected from every firm employing staff in each local authority area prior to universal credit...

      Pensions: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the effect of his planned change of indexation from the retail prices index to the consumer prices index on the...

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what benefits are available to support severely disabled people living independently.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people he expects to be affected by the introduction of a cap on the overall level of benefits in...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the causes of the change in the level of benefit off-flow since May 2011; and whether he expects the level to...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the level of long-term unemployment in (a) England, (b) the West Midlands and (c) Dudley borough.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how he plans to determine which former recipients of working tax credit will receive universal credit before April 2014.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the potential effects of the introduction of universal credit on the number of disabled children living in poverty.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions under what budget headings has funding for the introduction of universal credit been allocated in each year of the Comprehensive Spending...

      Universal Credit: Free School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress he has made in determining which families will be eligible for free school meals after the introduction of universal credit; and...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of reducing the time allowed to return an ESA50 form on the ability of claimants to gather and...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average waiting time was in each Jobcentre district for a work capability assessment in the case of (a) people not previously claiming...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the potential benefits of different Work programme providers being able to compare each other's performance.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) Tier 1 and (b) Tier 2 subcontractors from the voluntary and community sector were named in the bids submitted by organisations...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) Tier 1 and (b) Tier 2 subcontractors currently contracted by work programme prime providers are from the voluntary and community...

  • Leader of the House

    • Queen's Messages

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will bring forward proposals for messages from Her Majesty the Queen to be notified to the House by Mr Speaker.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Adam Werritty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether (a) he has and (b) his officials have met Mr Adam Werritty in an official capacity; and whether any such meetings took...

    • Algeria: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports his Department has received on (a) the level of religious freedom for Christians in Algeria and (b) the effect of...

      Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what grants his Department made to charitable organisations in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Assets

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

      Departmental Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department spent on its library in each year since 1995; and how many books were issued from the library in each...

      Departmental Libraries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Library since May 2010; and if he will place a copy...

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 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 Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many officials in his Department and the bodies for which he is responsible earned more than (a) £65,000, (b)...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many officials in his Department received a pay rise other than by promotion in the last two years; and what the average...

      Departmental Telephone Services

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

      Departmental Work Experience

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

      EU Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on having a separate budget line for European Commission humanitarian aid in the Multi-Annual Financial Framework.

      European Union: Powers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 15 September 2011, Official Report, column 1322W, on Croatia: EU Enlargement, if he will make it his...

      India: British Nationals Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on British nationals dying in India.

      Nigeria: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received on human rights in Nigeria.

      Palestinians: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the conditions of detention of Palestinian children in prison in Israel.

      Palestinians: UNESCO

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how the UK voted on the admission of Palestine to UNESCO.

      Serbia: EU Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of Serbia's bid for EU membership; and if he will make a statement.

      Turkey: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support his Department is providing to the Turkish authorities following the recent earthquake in that country; and if he...

      UNESCO: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much funding his Department allocated to UNESCO in each year from 2000 to 2011.

  • Defence

    • Adam Werritty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether officials of his Department provided any advice to the Minister for International Security Strategy in advance of his meeting with Mr Adam...

    • Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many cadets were enrolled in the Sussex Air Cadets in each of the last five years; and how much funding per cadet his Department provided to...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of (a) service family accommodation and (b) single living accommodation has been identified as requiring refurbishment; and if he will...

      Armed Forces: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2011, Official Report, column 512W, on armed forces: mental health, what recent progress he has made on implementing...

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average waiting time was to join the Army in each of the last two years.

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 23 November 2010, Official Report, column 211W, on armed forces: recruitment, how many people were recruited to each of the...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of Army recruits currently in Phase One or Phase Two training are not deployable due to their age.

      Armed Forces: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the minimum age is for training with (a) live ammunition, (b) guns, (c) bayonets and (d) other weapons.

      Armed Forces: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of armed forces veterans in prison enlisted under the age of 18.

      Armed Forces: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to prohibit the participation in hostilities of soldiers aged under 18 in any circumstances.

      Armed Forces: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of (a) compulsory and (b) voluntary discharges from the (i) Army, (ii) Navy and (iii) RAF (A) were under the age of 18 and (B) had...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to his Department on or after 7 May 2010 remain unanswered after 30 working days.

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which Minister in his Department is responsible for determining whether exemptions to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 should apply to responses to...

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) statutory instruments, (b) ministerial orders and (c) other pieces of secondary legislation were issued by his Department in (i) 1990, (ii)...

      Departmental Security

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

      Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      Drummore Harbour: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the sale price was of his Department's land holding interest at Drummore Harbour; and what conditions were attached to the sale.

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what alterations will be required to existing range complexes following the proposed transfer of the Typhoon force from RAF Leuchars to RAF Lossiemouth.

      Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many officers of captain rank or above there are in (a) the Navy and (b) his Department; (2) how many generals there are in (a) the Army and...

      World War I: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Adam Werritty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether (a) he, (b) officials of his Department and (c) special advisers in his Department have met Mr Adam Werritty on...

    • American Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effect on grass roots participation in sports of the NFL playing two regular season...

      Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what representations he has made to the Cabinet Sub-Committee on Economic Affairs on finances for businesses in the creative...

      Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to increase access to finance by small and medium-sized enterprises in the creative industries.

      Arts Council England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what funding Arts Council England plans to provide for jazz in the North East in 2012-13 and in subsequent years.

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport which Minister in his Department is responsible for determining whether exemptions to the Freedom of Information Act 2000...

      Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many unpaid and expenses-only internships (a) his Department and (b) each public body for which he is responsible employed...

      Freeview Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with Ofcom on the (a) policing and (b) mitigation of interference with Freeview digital...

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what factors he will take into consideration when allocating the recently announced £150 million in funding for...

      Museums and Galleries

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

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the cost to the public purse was of upkeep of (a) theatres, (b) museums, (c) art galleries and (d) national heritage...

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effect of reductions in funding on (a) theatres, (b) museums, (c) art galleries and (d)...

      National Lottery: Tickets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what assessment his Department has made of the proportion of the health lottery ticket price that goes to (a) good...

      National Planning Policy Framework

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many representations his Department received on the draft National Planning Policy Framework; and if he will list any such...

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will ensure that universal broadband access at a minimum of 2MB/s is a priority following the sale of 800, 700 and 600...

      Radio: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Ofcom licence application process for radio stations.

      Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the number of sign language users in the UK who use (i)...

      Sign Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the potential growth in the number of British Sign...

      Sports: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what progress his Department made in recruiting School Games Organisers; how many are in post; and if he will make a statement.

      Sports: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many schools are currently participating in School Games; how many will participate in competitions at each level prior to...

      Sports: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what plans he has to continue funding for School Games beyond the end of 2012-13; and if he will make a statement.

      Tickets: Touting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what plans he has to tackle ticket touting for sporting events.

      UK Sport: Sport England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the performance of UK Sport in the preparation of elite athletes for the London 2012 Olympics;...

      UK Sport: Sport England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the performance of Sport England in increasing participation in sport; and if he will make a...

      UK Sport: Sport England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what savings to the public purse he expects to achieve from the merger of UK Sport and Sport England; and if he will make a...

      UK Sport: Sport England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how spending on participation in sport and elite sports performance will be monitored following the merger of UK Sport and...

      UK Sport: Sport England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how the performance of the body formed from the merger of UK Sport and Sport England will be measured against the performance...

      UK Sport: Sport England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what plans he has to ensure that support for elite athletes in preparation for the Rio 2016 Olympics continues following the...

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he made of the value of (a) RBS and (b) Lloyds Banking Group on (i) 7 May 2010 and (ii) 1 November 2011.

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what fiscal steps he is taking to support the growth of the sustainable biodiesel industry.

      Business: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect on lending of the recent increase in the London Interbank Offered Rate.

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of child benefit recipients with (a) one, (b) two and (c) three or more children who are resident outside the UK.

      Commodity Markets: Food

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will assess the conclusion in the OECD Agricultural Outlook 2011-20 report on the relationship between speculative activity in futures markets and the...

      Council Tax: Swindon

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many properties in Swindon were in each council tax band in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Departmental Billing

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

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) building and (b) refurbishment projects his Department plans in the (i) current and (ii) next financial year; and what the cost of each such...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 his Department has received in each month since May 2010; how many responses given in each such...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in respect of how many responses to requests for information received by his Department under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 the reason of (a)...

      Departmental NDBPs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many officials were (a) directly and (b) otherwise employed by non-departmental public bodies for which his Department is responsible (i) in 2000, (ii)...

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many officials in his Department received a pay rise other than by promotion in the last two years; and what the average increase was in each such year.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many officials in his Department received a bonus in each year since 2007.

      Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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...

      Diesel Fuel: Agriculture

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will examine the merits of an exemption for the use of red diesel in farm vehicles belonging to farmers who are requested by county and parish...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many payments have been made under the Equitable Life Payment Scheme up to 31 October 2011.

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) officials in his Department and (b) other staff are employed in administering the Equitable Life Payment Scheme.

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date he plans to implement the rural fuel duty discount scheme.

      Excise Duties: National Lottery

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the Health Lottery on lottery duty receipts; and if he will make a statement.

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 27 October 2011, Official Report, column 308W, on the Green Investment Bank, in the event that the £2 billion target is not...

      Individual Savings Accounts: Stocks and Shares

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to allow shares listed on the Alternative Investment Market to be held within an individual savings account.

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will meet representatives of the learning disability sector to discuss implementation of the steps to provide services for people with a learning...

      Personal Savings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will discuss with financial institutions the competitiveness of their savings products and the incentives which they offer to savers.

      Private Sector: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on high salaries, bonuses and pension arrangements paid to prominent figures in the private sector.

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what estimate he has made of the effects of each of the tax changes made by his Department for the purpose of reducing the deficit on each income...

      VAT: Medical Treatments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received on the inability of NHS trusts to recover VAT on medical treatments compared to the ability of dispensing...

      Working Tax Credit: Older Workers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people working (a) between 16 and 29 hours per week and (b) over 30 hours per week in (i) England, (ii) the West Midlands and (iii) Dudley borough...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Adam Werritty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether (a) he, (b) officials of his Department and (c) special advisers in his Department have met Mr Adam Werritty on official...

    • Basic Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans his Department has to improve adult literacy and numeracy.

      Business: Employment Tribunals

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

      Business: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 15 September 2011, Official Report, column 1343W, on business: entry clearances, from which...

      Business: Surveys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has made an assessment of the findings of the British Chambers of Commerce report entitled, Workforce...

      Common and Leasehold Reform Act 2002

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if his Department has any plans to review the operation of the Common and Leasehold Reform Act 2002.

      Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps his Department has taken to support the construction industry.

      Counterfeit Manufacturing: Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his proposed timetable is for signing and ratifying the anti-counterfeiting trade agreement.

      Counterfeit Manufacturing: Trade Agreements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has for scrutiny of the anti-counterfeiting trade agreement.

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department has spent on advertising job vacancies since May 2010.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 25 October 2011, Official Report, columns 221-22W, on departmental data protection, for what reasons a...

      Departmental Lost Property

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

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Press: Subscriptions

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

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of procurement contracts offered by his Department have been advertised on the Contracts Finder website since the...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans his Department has to increase the number of small suppliers through its procurement processes.

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects to publish his Department's strategy for innovation.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many questions for written answer on a named day were submitted to his Department between 10 May 2010 and 31 October 2011;...

      Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to promote franchising as a business model.

      Further Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what financial support is available to adult learners undertaking non-science, technology, engineering and medical access to...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure that higher education institutions charging in excess of £6,000 per annum for tuition from...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential effects on the international reputation of British universities of his proposal to...

      Higher Education Funding Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 25 October 2011, Official Report, columns 215-6W, on the Higher Education Funding Council, when he...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many UCAS applications have been submitted by residents of (a) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency, (b) the...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses were (a) liquidated and (b) put into administration in each year between 2000-01 and 2010-11.

      Insolvency Service: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans his Department has to review the regulation of the Insolvency Service.

      Nanotechnology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the status is of the UK Nanotechnologies Strategy published in March 2010.

      Non-governmental Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much direct funding over £100,000 his Department provided to non-governmental organisations in (a) 2010-11 and (b)...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the monetary value is of the winning bids to the second round of the Regional Growth Fund in each region.

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) which (a) Ministers and (b) Departments were represented at meetings held by the ministerial group chaired by the Deputy...

      Regional Growth Fund: Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what methodology his Department used to calculate the figures for indirect job creation from the winning bids announced from the...

      Shareholders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 1 November 2011, Official Report, column 590W, on companies, if he will bring forward proposals to...

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has conducted an equality impact assessment of the proposed changes to further education fee structures with regards...

      Student Loans Company

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions his Department has had with the Student Loans Company on improving its customer service since May 2010.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to tackle delays in processing student loan applications experienced by some new students.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Charities

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what grants his Department made to charitable organisations in each of the last five years.

    • Civil Servants: European Union

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many and what proportion of civil servants in the UK work primarily on EU matters (a) in each Government Department and (b) at civil service grade;...

      Death: Pancreatic Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) males and (b) females aged (i) between 14 to 16, (ii) between 17 and 21, (iii) between 22 and 24, (iv) between 25 and 30, (v) between 31...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 his Department has received in each month since May 2010; how many responses given in...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

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

      Departmental Security

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which post in his Department is responsible for overseeing the security clearance vetting process for staff of (a) his Department and (b) 10 Downing...

      Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to encourage public sector organisations outside central Government to reduce the use of pre-qualification questionnaires.

      Suicide

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the rate of suicide per 100,000 population was by sex in each (a) month, (b) quarter and (c) year since 2007-08 to date; and what the total number...

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people under the age of 25 years were (a) unemployed and (b) claiming jobseekers' allowance in each month since May 2010 by (i) region and (ii)...

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which National Citizen Service pilot projects operating in summer 2012 will charge participants to participate; and how much each such project plans to...

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office in which locations he proposes that National Citizen Service pilots will operate in summer 2012.

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) looked-after children and (b) care leavers participated in each National Citizen Service pilot in summer 2011.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Lobbying

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent (a) representations he has received and (b) meetings he has had with lobbying firms about lobbying transparency.

  • Attorney-General

    • Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Attorney-General (1) how many parliamentary questions for written answer on a named day by the Law Officers’ Departments were answered (a) on time, (b) five days late, (c) 10...

  • Prime Minister

    • Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

      To ask the Prime Minister how many of his (a) officials and (b) special advisers accompanied him on his recent visit to the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting.

    • Lord Young of Graffham

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) whether Lord Young has an office in No. 10 Downing street; and if he will make a statement; (2) how many meetings at 10 Downing street Lord Young of Graffham...

      Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) how many special advisers in Pay Band Two have a salary (a) between £55,000 and £58,000 and (b) between £58,000 and £58,199; and in which...

  • Health

    • Ambulances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 25 October 2011, Official Report, column 192W, on ambulances, what assessment he has made of the involvement of the UK vehicle...

    • Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what contingency plans he has put in place in the event of the future financial failure of care home providers.

      Carers’ Benefits: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (a) how much and (b) what proportion of expenditure was spent by NHS Suffolk on the carers grant in each year since 1997.

      Dental Services: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to reintroduce national school dental checks.

      Departmental Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) 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 2011; (2)...

      Departmental NDPBs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many officials were (a) directly and (b) otherwise employed by non-departmental public bodies for which his Department is responsible (i) in 2000,...

      Departmental Orders and Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) statutory instruments, (b) ministerial orders and (c) other pieces of secondary legislation were issued by his Department in (i) 1990, (ii)...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many officials in his Department and the bodies for which he is responsible earned more than (a) £65,000, (b) £95,000, (c) £140,000 and...

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's research and development budget was in each of the last five years; and what that budget will be for each year of the spending...

      Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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...

      Diamorphine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the 2010 Drug Strategy, Reducing Demand, Restricting Supply, Building Recovery and the National Treatment Agency Action Plan 2011-12,...

      Dietary Supplements: Channel Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether Ministers in his Department have any plans to visit the Channel Islands to discuss the implementation of the EU food supplements directive...

      General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions he has had with the Chair-elect of the NHS Commissioning Board on his participation in (a) discussions and (b) decisions with an...

      General Practitioners: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GP surgeries in (a) England, (b) the west midlands and (c) Coventry continue to use telephone numbers that charge patients more than the...

      General Practitioners: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that GP surgeries adhere to the amended general medical services regulations on the use of telephone numbers that charge...

      Hair Dyes: Chemicals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information he holds on the number of injuries caused by para-phenylenediamine in hair dye products in each of the last five years.

      Health Services: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve care for elderly patients in the NHS.

      Health Services: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints were recorded relating to inadequate care of elderly patients in NHS facilities in (a) 2007, (b) 2008, (c) 2009, (d) 2010 and (e) 2011.

      Hospitals: Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to increase the accountability of management staff in NHS hospitals.

      Hospitals: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to ensure elderly patients in NHS facilities receive adequate hydration and nourishment; (2) what consideration...

      NHS: Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS paid to each airport in the UK for costs associated with medical landing flights in each of the last three years; how many such landings...

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total liability was of the NHS Pension Scheme in each year between 1997-98 and 2009-10.

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average annual pension is of a retired member of the NHS Pension Scheme with 30 years of continuous service; and what estimate he has made of the...

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what comparative assessment he has made of the pension that (a) a member of the NHS Pension Scheme and (b) a private sector worker on a similar salary...

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health in which cluster each (a) strategic health authority and (b) primary care trust has been grouped as part of his reorganisation of the NHS.

      NHS: Reorganisation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS clusters have published transition plans for public health services that will be transferred to local authorities in April 2013.

      Obesity: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the NHS in (a) Swindon and (b) Wiltshire was of obesity-related illness in the latest period for which figures are available; and what...

      Pancreatic Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent estimate he has made of the number of lives that could be saved by the early diagnosis of pancreatic cancer; and if he will make a...

      Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to assist Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to eliminate its financial deficit in the current financial...

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress he has made in introducing the innovation pass in the NHS.

      Prostate Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to increase GPs' awareness of the information contained in the NHS Prostate Cancer Risk Management Programme.

      Rare Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the chief medical officer will next report on progress made in the field of rare diseases.

      Skin Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to reduce the incidence of malignant melanoma.

      Skin Cancer: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the incidence rate for malignant melanoma was in Cornwall in each year since 2005.

      Skin Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence about its draft guidance on Ipilimumab (Yervoy) for the...

      Southern Cross Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the financial stability of operators running former Southern Cross care homes.

      Southern Cross Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many former Southern Cross care homes have not yet been transferred to new operators.

      Southern Cross Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who the new operator is of each former Southern Cross care home.

      Southern Cross Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what meetings he has had with new operators of former Southern Cross care homes; and whether the meetings included a discussion on the operator's...

      Southern Cross Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library all correspondence that has taken place between the Minister of State for Social Care and Southern Cross Healthcare Group...

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration he has given to implementing the consolidated action plan to prevent and combat multi-drug-resistant and extremely drug-resistant...

  • International Development

    • Accountancy: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what bilateral meetings his Department had with development agencies of other EU member states in relation to proposed changes to the...

    • Afghanistan: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department provides financial support to any women's organisations in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.

      Burma: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding his Department provides for humanitarian and psychological support for former child soldiers from Burma.

      Burma: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how his Department evaluates the ability of recipient organisations in Burma to meet project objectives and to account properly for aid...

      Burma: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development for what reason his Department did not approve a grant application from the Kachin Women's Association, Thailand, for funding for...

      CDC

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when CDC plans to start publishing information on the projects it supports.

      CDC: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the contribution of the publication of forward strategies to the transparency of CDC.

      CDC: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps have been taken to improve the transparency of CDC.

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 his Department has received in each month since May 2010; how many...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development in respect of how many responses to requests for information received by his Department under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 the...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which Minister in his Department is responsible for determining whether exemptions to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 should apply...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

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

      Departmental Responsibilities

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

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answer of 1 November 2011, Official Report, column 580W, on departmental meetings, when the list will be updated to...

      Departmental Security

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

      Developing Countries: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what agreements are in place between the UK and other governments to co-operate to end the export of electronic waste to developing...

      East Africa: Droughts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the funding required to alleviate the famine in the Horn of Africa.

      East Africa: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to help improve educational opportunities in East Africa.

      Famine: International Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his policy is on the adoption by the UN of the Charter to End Extreme Hunger.

      Horn of Africa: Famine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he has taken to encourage other (a) nations and (b) international organisations to assist in meeting any funding shortfall...

      Horn of Africa: Famine

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his policy is on helping to meet any funding shortfalls experienced by non-governmental organisations operating in East Africa.

      International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of progress towards achieving the millennium development goals (a) to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger...

      International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the UK's contribution to achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent representations he has received on steps to increase public awareness and understanding of UK aid spending.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the joint statement made by UK development non-governmental organisations in advance of the Fourth High...

      Overseas Aid: Developing Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) funding and (b) programmes for climate change adaptation and mitigation prioritise the needs...

      Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the likelihood of the Government meeting its commitment to achieving the (a) trends in global population...

      Somalia: Cholera

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to help restrict the spread of cholera in Somalia.

      Somalia: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to ensure that aid is reaching those most in need in (a) Somalia and (b) regions of Southern Somalia under the...

      Turkey: Earthquakes

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support his Department is providing to Turkish authorities following the recent earthquake; and whether his Department is...

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Dairy Farms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the reasons for British dairy farmers receiving the lowest prices for milk within the European Price League Table.

    • Aviation: Passenger Duty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the primary purpose of air passenger duty. To ask Her Majesty's Government whether air passenger duty will be phased out as revenue from aviation entering...

      Banks: Green Investment Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Green Investment Bank will become operational; and whether it will qualify as a bank for regulatory and capital and risk capital purposes.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what funding they have provided for education in refugee camps supported by the Thailand Burma Border Consortium.

      Children: Care

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many children were cared for in local authority children's homes in 2010.

      Daylight Saving Time

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated net benefit in a full year to (a) jobs, and (b) value added in the tourism and hospitality industries, for (1) the United Kingdom, and (2)...

      Death Penalty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what legal arrangements they have with the Government of the United States regarding applications for extradition where, on conviction, the death penalty could be...

      Driving: Disqualification

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many drivers are currently listed on the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency database who have more than 12 points on their licence and whose licences have not...

      Elections: Non-British Citizens

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of proposals for individual electoral registration, whether they will review relevant procedures to ensure that non-British nationals who apply to...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 19 October (WA 71-2), on what date did the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority first notify gamete...

      Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the basis for the statement by the Prime Minister on 19 October (Official Report, Commons, col. 889) that "there are 500,000 more private sector jobs-new...

      European Financial Stability Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to supply funding or guarantees to the European Financial Stability Fund (EFSF); and whether they will allow United Kingdom banks to...

      European Union

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what decisions or negotiations are taking place between the Government and European Union institutions and other member states in pursuit of the Government's...

      Exports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the United Kingdom's exports have a final destination within the European Union; and what proportion is transhipped to other destinations...

      Extradition: Gary McKinnon

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the potential psychological impact on Gary McKinnon, who has autism spectrum disorder, of the length of the uncertainty about his...

      Finance: Balance of Payments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the reason for the further delay in the publication of the 2011 Pink Book (the United Kingdom Balance of Payments); and when they now expect it to be published.

      Food: Global Sustainability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial as well as technical and diplomatic resources the Department for International Development offers national Governments in East Africa and elsewhere...

      Fuel Smuggling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 25 October (WA 130) concerning revenue lost due to fuel smuggling, whether they will publish in the Official...

      Government Departments: Risk Registers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 20 October (Official Report, col. 375), whether the Government ever had a Treasury risk register.

      Government: Ministerial Code

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the Prime Minister's decision to instruct the Cabinet Secretary to investigate the position of the former Secretary of State for Defence, Dr Liam...

      Government: Official Photographs

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

      Health: Autism Spectrum Disorder

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Autism Spectrum Disorder is regarded by the Department of Health as a lifelong condition irrespective of when the diagnosis is obtained or when that...

      Health: Cardiology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have to improve the care for those who suffer from arrhythmia. To ask Her Majesty's Government what proposals they have to improve the level of...

      Health: Clinical Physiology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the operation of the voluntary register for clinical physiologists; and whether they have plans to introduce a mandatory register.

      Health: Herbal Medicine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that manufacturers of herbal medicines register with the Traditional Herbal Medicines Registration Scheme, where appropriate...

      Health: Social Determinants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, prior to, at, or subsequent to the meeting of United Nations member states held at the World Health Organisation headquarters in Geneva on 7 September...

      Houses of Parliament: Legislation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what legislation passed during the 2005-10 Parliament has yet to be brought into force, either in full or in part.

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken, having regard to the aims expressed by the previous Government, to establish in the United Nations new principles governing...

      International Monetary Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the United Kingdom will subscribe additional funds to the International Monetary Fund to meet the demands of the European financial crisis.

      Ira

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications for the extradition of IRA terrorists from the United States over the past 40 years have been successful.

      Justice: Pre-trial Detention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 18 July (WA 229), what is their response to the European Commission's Green Paper on pre-trial detention.

      Magna Carta

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 4 July (WA 17-8) concerning the celebration of the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, whether...

      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 were the full conclusions of the Major Projects Review Group's...

      NHS: Independent Reconfiguration Panel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many NHS service reconfigurations have been referred to the Independent Reconfiguration Panel since May 2010; how many of those reconfigurations have been...

      NHS: Public Health England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what funds Public Health England will have to commission independent research.

      Patrick Finucane

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what annual budget has been set aside for the report into the death of Patrick Finucane.

      Quantitative Easing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they expect each additional unit of quantitative easing to have declining marginal efficacy.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in their consideration of longer railway franchises lasting for up to 15 years, how much flexibility there will be for the franchisee in organising train services...

      Research Councils UK: Shared Services Centre Limited

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are taking steps to halt expansion to other business users of the services provided by Research Councils United Kingdom Shared Services Centre Limited...

      Research Councils UK: Shared Services Centre Limited

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the initial budget for setting up the Research Councils United Kingdom Shared Service Centre; what were the forecast savings over a 10 year period; and...

      Scientific Research

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement in The Allocation of Science and Research Funding 2011/12 to 2014/15, published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in...

      Shipping: Trinity House

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the Corporation of Trinity House spent on hosting table 30 at the Lloyd's List Awards, Global 2011, held on 20 September; how many members of staff...

      Sure Start

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Sure Start centres in each of the London Boroughs and the City of London have closed since 6 May 2010.

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the level of tax haven secrecy; and what action they are taking to ensure greater transparency.

      Taxation: Gratuities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current provision for the indirect taxation of discretionary gratuities. To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current provision for the direct...

      Transport: MoT Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cars have failed their MoT test in each year since 1996.

      Turkey: Earthquake

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what aid they are providing to the Government of Turkey following the earthquake there.

      Unemployment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the most recent numbers and percentages of unemployed people in each local authority area in Wales.

      Unemployment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the most recent numbers and percentages of unemployed people between the ages of 16 and 25 in each local authority area in Wales.

      Youth Justice

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many young people were placed in custody (a) on remand, and (b) on sentence, during the latest 12-month period for which data are available, and during the...

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