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Written answers

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

  • Attorney-General

    • GPT: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Attorney-General what (a) meetings and (b) discussions he has had on allegations of corruption in the case of the GPT contract with Saudi Arabia.

    • GPT: Saudi Arabia

      To ask the Attorney-General whether the Serious Fraud Office is investigating allegations of bribery involving GPT, the UK subsidiary of EADS.

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions she has had with her EU counterparts on the UK's trial of the swabbing of religious and cultural headgear at airports.

    • Bus Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether her Department has assessed the potential effect on journeys to work of her Department's reduction in financial support for bus services...

      East Coast Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what work her Department has undertaken on replacing the (a) HST and (b) IC 225 rolling stock on the East Coast passenger rail franchise; and if she...

      Great Western Railway Line: Overcrowding

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

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate her Department has made of (a) the projected change in passenger numbers on rail services and (b) the number of carriages required to...

  • Scotland

    • Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps the Government is taking to help small and medium-sized enterprises to grow in Scotland.

    • Businesses: Economic Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps the Government plans to take to ensure a stable economic environment for businesses in Scotland.

      Apprenticeships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on cross-border recognition of apprenticeship qualifications.

      Welfare Reform Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on the potential effects in Scotland of implementation of the provisions of the Welfare Reform Bill.

      Departmental Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether draft answers to parliamentary questions prepared by officials in his Department are cleared by special advisers (a) before and (b) after the...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many parliamentary questions for written answer on a named day by his Department were answered (a) on time, (b) five days late, (c) 10 days late,...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many parliamentary questions for (a) ordinary written answer and (b) written answer on a named day by his Department have remained unanswered for a...

      Unemployment: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has to reduce the level of female unemployment in Scotland.

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps her Department plans to take to address levels of alcohol-related incidents resulting in deaths and personal injuries; (2)...

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many legacy asylum seekers are resident in Ashton-under-Lyne constituency; in each year since March 2007; and how many such asylum...

      Crimes of Violence: Night Clubs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps she plans to take to reduce the number of violent incidents involving glass bottles in nightclubs; (2) whether she has made...

      Driving Offences: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men and (b) women aged (i) between 17 and 21, (ii) between 22 and 24, (iii) between 25 and 30, (iv) between 31 and 35, (v)...

      Licensing Laws: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to take steps to ensure that sufficient late night licences are made available to pubs and restaurants to enable visitors...

      Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Statements of 1 November 2011, on gang-related violence, which Department will be responsible for services for young victims...

      UK Border Agency: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what new training initiatives to maintain expertise the UK Border Agency has undertaken in 2011.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Adam Werritty

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

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how he proposes that the recently announced £530 million to support the UK's broadband network will be allocated.

      Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what grants his Department made to charitable organisations in each of the last five years.

      Chief Scientific Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when he expects to fill the position of chief scientific adviser in his Department.

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport 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 Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport in respect of how many responses to requests for information received by his Department under the Freedom of Information Act...

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what proportion of those appointed to public bodies sponsored by his Department who declared a political affiliation declared...

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what proportion of appointments to public bodies sponsored by his Department were women in the period from May 2010 to October...

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to increase the proportion of women on the boards of public bodies sponsored by his Department.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many parliamentary questions for written answer on a named day by his Department were answered (a) on time, (b) five days...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many parliamentary questions for (a) ordinary written answer and (b) written answer on a named day by his Department have...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether draft answers to parliamentary questions prepared by officials in his Department are cleared by special advisers (a)...

      Ofcom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to work with (a) Ofcom and (b) mobile telephone network operators to increase 3G phone signal coverage...

      Olympic Games 2012: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will agree to publish by region the number of volunteers accepted for the Olympic Games when the process of recruitment...

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what meetings (a) he and (b) officials in his Department have had to discuss the proposed auction of the 4G spectrum.

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent estimate he has made of the revenue from annual licence fees foregone due to the time taken to hold the proposed...

      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 British Sign Language interpreters in the UK.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the efficiency of the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission.

    • Employment Schemes: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's risk assessment of Work programme contractors.

      Employment Schemes: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he proposes to take to ensure the Merlin Standard supports organisations named in successful prime provider bids for the work...

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent steps his Department has taken to support people with learning disabilities into sustainable work; and if he will make a statement.

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to bring forward a replacement for the Independent Living Fund.

      Major Projects Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library any evaluation of his Department's programme conducted by the Major Projects Authority.

      Motability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what savings he expects to accrue to his Department on expenditure on the higher rate mobility element as a result of recent changes announced...

      Motability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he had with the trustees of Motability on the recent changes made to the scheme; and on what dates such discussions took place.

      Motability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consultation the trustees of Motability undertook with disabled people before introducing recent changes to the scheme.

      Personal Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate has been made of the average income of (a) social rental, (b) private rental and (c) all households in (i) each region of...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Coastal Areas: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding (a) her Department and (b) Natural England plans to provide for coastal paths in each of the next three years.

    • Japanese Knotweed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to prevent the spread of Japanese knotweed.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if his Department will consult local planning officials on B&K Universal's plans for a new beagle breeding facility and the...

    • Audit Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government under what budget headings he expects the estimated savings resulting from the abolition of the Audit Commission to be made.

      Audit Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate the Audit Commission has made of the cost of its abolition arising from (a) redundancy payments, (b) pension...

      Bell Pottinger Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether (a) Ministers, (b) officials and (c) political advisers in his Department have met representatives of (i) Bell Pottinger...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

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

      Departmental Press: Subscriptions

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

      Departmental Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many regulations his Department has introduced (a) in the six months prior to 1 September 2010 and (b) in the six...

      Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many full-time equivalent staff work on the (a) regional response and (b) site clearance workstream of the...

      Ex-servicemen: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what statutory funding his Department provides for veterans' organisations.

      Fire Services: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his Department's latest analysis is of the financial viability of the Fire Service Pension Scheme.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what methodology he plans to use to calculate surplus bedrooms in respect of his planned changes to housing benefit eligibility;...

      Housing Benefit: Foster Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the potential effects on foster carers of the loss of housing benefit from April 2013 for those...

      Land: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to dispose of disused public sector land and empty offices.

      Local Government: Maladministration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many maladministration cases in which the local government ombudsman's decision has been challenged have been referred to...

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the participation rate was for local government pension schemes in each pay band in each year from 2006 to 2010.

      Parishes: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the total expenditure of civil parishes in (a) Teesside, (b) the North East and (c) England was between May 2010 and May...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) when his Department plans to respond to its issues paper consultation on change of use in the planning system; (2) how...

      Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how his Department counts the number of rough sleepers; and how the counting method has changed since May 2010.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of social housing units occupied by people earning over £100,000 a year.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his policy is on the level of rent that may be charged for a property purchased by (a) a local authority and (b) a housing...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he proposes that the presumption in favour of sustainable development will apply where a local authority has in place a...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether he plans to take into account differences between planning applications for domestic and non-domestic wind...

  • Treasury

    • Carer’s Allowance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration he has given to the length of the carer's allowance claim form.

    • Charities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what grants his Department made to charitable organisations in each of the last five years.

      Loans: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 1 November 2011, Official Report, columns 572-3W, on loans: Republic of Ireland, (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of...

      Metals: Theft

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the economy of disruption consequent on metal theft.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the Statement of 1 November 2011, on gang-related violence, what the Barnett Formula consequentials are for (a) Wales, (b) Scotland and (c)...

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what additional cost to the public purse in cash terms will arise from the increase in accrual rates for public sector pensions announced on 2 November 2011.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many HM Revenue and Customs offices there were in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland in each year since 1997; and how many...

      Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to prevent FTSE 100 companies from avoiding taxation through the use of overseas tax havens.

      VAT: Metals

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will consider the merits of instructing HM Revenue and Customs to carry out co-ordinated checks on scrap metal merchants to check (a) any...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Bell Pottinger Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether (a) Ministers, (b) officials and (c) political advisers in his Department have met representatives of (i) Bell Pottinger Group...

    • Charities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what grants his Department made to charitable organisations in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Telephone Services

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

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) how many parliamentary questions for written answer on a named day by his Department were answered (a) on time, (b) five days...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of phantom megawatts on the security of the national electricity supply; (2) what...

      Feed-in Tariffs: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) how many businesses have submitted a request for accreditation for a feed-in tariff licence since April 2010; (2) if he will...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) households and (b) companies are receiving the feed-in tariff.

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his Department's budget for the feed-in tariff scheme is.

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate his Department has made of the contribution of the solar industry to gross domestic product.

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will assess the commercial viability of the solar panel industry.

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to paragraph 34 of his Department's consultation on Comprehensive Review Phase 1—Tariffs for Solar PV, published...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the effect of reducing feed-in-tariff levels for solar electricity on (a) future levels of...

      Warm Home Discount Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households he expects to be lifted out of fuel poverty as a result of the Warm Homes Discount Scheme.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Emergencies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what bodies have replaced regional resilience teams in the Government offices for the regions.

  • Health

    • Bowel Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many applications were approved for (a) first line and (b) second line treatment of bowel cancer through the use of Avastin in each strategic...

    • Cardiovascular System: Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been diagnosed with a vascular disease in each year since 2001 in each local authority area.

      Charities

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who the lead Minister in his Department is for the (a) infectious diseases: human, (b) mass casualties and (c) health services workstream of the...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budget was for the (a) infectious diseases: human, (b) mass casualties and (c) health services workstream of the Capabilities programme in each...

      Drinks: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to measure the effectiveness of the Portman Group in regulating drinks industry marketing and packaging.

      General Practitioners: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what payments the Mid Essex Primary Care Trust made to each general practice in its area in the last year for which figures are available; (2) what...

      General Practitioners: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average total payment made to general practices in England was in the last year for which figures are available.

      General Practitioners: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average total payment per patient made to general practices in England was in the last year for which figures are available.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he is considering mechanisms to ensure that hospitals are provided with financial incentives to participate in arrangements for integrated care...

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) organisational support, (b) finance, (c) evaluation processes and (d) other mechanisms he is putting in place to encourage the development of...

      Health Services: North West

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the recent review of vascular services in the North West, how many arterial centres are being proposed for (a) Merseyside and Cheshire...

      Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration his Department has given to establishing a Malnutrition Commission to reduce the level of malnutrition in the UK.

      NHS: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 October 2011, Official Report, column 836W, on NHS land, what discussions his Department has had with private health care...

      NHS: Private Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had with bodies and organisations (i) in the UK and (ii) abroad on his proposed...

      NHS: Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether there are any plans by primary care trusts and strategic health authority clusters to sell NHS (a) property and (b) assets to non-NHS...

      Patients: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has issued regarding the provision of non-emergency transport between NHS hospitals since 2001.

      Prescription Drugs: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the cost to the NHS of the over-prescription of drugs in (a) England, (b) the West Midlands, (c) South Staffordshire Primary Care...

      Prostate Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has made on establishing a topic expert group to create a Quality Standard for...

      Sexual and Alcohol-related Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had with other Government Departments on the provision of cross-departmental services to provide assistance to those...

      Skin Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the availability of ipilimumab (Yervoy) for people with advanced melanoma.

      Skin Cancer: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding his Department has provided for skin cancer prevention programmes amongst young people in the last 10 years.

      Speech and Language Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to ensure co-ordination between Public Health England, local authorities and the NHS on the early identification of speech...

      Speech and Language Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what means commissioning bodies will ensure that people with speech language and communication needs are identified and treated as a priority in the...

      Vitamin D

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the prevalence of Vitamin D deficiency in the population; (2) how many cases of rickets were recorded in England and...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the Watchkeeper 450 unmanned air system to be deployed and operational in Afghanistan.

    • Ammunition: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what munitions are (a) tested, (b) modified and (c) stored at the munition facilities at (i) Crombie, (ii) Beith and (iii) Glen Douglas.

      Armed Forces: Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he plans to appoint a chief coroner to deal with cases involving members of the armed forces; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) on how many occasions his Department has sought money from relatives of deceased service personnel since May 2010; and for what reasons in each...

      Armed Forces: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the percentage increase was in (a) the rate of inflation and (b) service pay in (i) real and (ii) nominal terms between 2010 and 2011.

      Armed Forces: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of how many further reductions there will be to the number of civilian jobs in the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air...

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many main battle tanks are available for service in the Army.

      AWE: Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what target date he has set for the completion of treatment of intermediate level radioactive waste held at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE); and...

      Battle of Waterloo: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans his Department has to commemorate the bicentenary of the battle of Waterloo in 2015.

      Defence: Territorial Waters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what defensive measures he has in place to ensure the effective protection of UK territorial waters in the event the Royal Navy's emergency...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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 Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people his Department employs to work on marketing and communications.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many ordinary written questions tabled to his Department by hon. Members over the last three years have not received a substantive reply in more than...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Government Procurement Card transactions were made by his Department's officials withdrawing cash from automated teller machines from 2006-07 to...

      Honours and Decoration Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) who he intends to appoint to conduct the independent review of the Honours and Decoration Committee; and if he will make a statement; (2) when he...

      Old Drill Hall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 27 October 2011, Official Report, column 327W, on Old Drill Hall, whether it is his present understanding that his Department...

      RAF Lossiemouth: European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the effect on Quick Reaction Alert response times of basing the Typhoon force at RAF Lossiemouth.

      Reserve Forces: London 2012 Olympics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to mobilise the Territorial Army or other reserve forces for security duties associated with the London 2012 Olympics.

  • International Development

    • Accountancy: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his policy is on including within revised EU Accounting Directives and Transparency Directive requirements for companies to report...

    • Departmental Consultants

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

      Kyrgyzstan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what projects his Department is funding in Kyrgyzstan.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Virgin Islands: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what basis observers were invited to oversee the election process in the British Virgin Islands; who selected the observers;...

    • British Virgin Islands: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who decided to invite election observers to oversee the election process in the British Virgin Islands.

      Departmental Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in respect of how many responses to requests for information received by his Department under the Freedom of Information Act...

      Departmental Freedom of Information

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

      Departmental Legal Opinion

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

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many parliamentary questions for written answer on a named day by his Department were answered (a) on time, (b) five days...

      Iran: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the recent report of Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the...

      Irg

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 2 November 2011, Official Report, column 663W, on IRG, whether any civil servants were present at the...

      Kenya: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the Government of Kenya on (a) preventing the forcible return of those within its...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions he discussed matters relating to Sri Lanka with the right hon. Member for North Somerset when the latter...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Monuments: Chartism

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, if the House of Commons Commission will consider marking the Chartist movement in...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • British Chambers of Commerce: Surveys

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

    • Departmental Assets

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

      Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much each country owes to the Export Credits Guarantee Department.

      Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which countries have received loans from the Export Credits Guarantee Department in each of the last five financial years for...

      Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will place in the Library a list of scheduled debt repayments by sovereign states to the Export Credits Guarantee Department.

      Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure that the new trade finance products offered by the Export Credits Guarantee Department are...

      Export Credit Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills for what reason the Export Credits Guarantee Department's short-term credit insurance policy requires a minimum contract value of...

      Export Credit Guarantees: Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will consider commissioning an audit of the debt owed by Egypt to the Export Credits Guarantee Department.

      Iron and Steel: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the request to his Department from UK Steel, what his policy is on providing Government assistance to ensure...

      Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many jobs were (a) directly and (b) indirectly created by each successful bid in the second round of Regional Growth Fund...

      Metals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make it his policy that giving of cash purchases of metal by scrap metal merchants should not be allowed and that...

      Metals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what consideration he has given to creating a statutory register of scrap metal merchants.

      Plastics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of efforts by the plastics industry to reduce the carbon footprint arising from...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what bids for the third tranche of the Regional Growth Fund have been made by applicants in the East of England; and if he will...

      Research: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 17 October 2011, Official Report, column 757W, on research: expenditure, what assessment he has made of...

      Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department is implementing the Life Sciences Blueprint published in July 2009; and what progress he has made on any...

      Trade Promotion: Nigeria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what trade missions UK Trade and Investment has carried out in Nigeria in each of the last two years; and what missions are...

      UK Trade and Investment: Local Economic Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will put in place protocols to ensure that UK Trade and Investment engages proactively with local economic partnerships for...

  • Education

    • English Baccalaureate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of pupils (a) entered and (b) achieved the English Baccalaureate by constituency in the latest year for which figures are available.

    • Schools: Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his assessment is of the finding in the paper prepared for his Department by Professor Tony Watts, entitled The Proposed Model for Career Guidance...

      Young People: Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the support available in schools for young...

  • Justice

    • Adam Werritty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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 2010;...

    • Community Orders: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his most recent estimate is of the average annual cost to the Probation Service of supervising an individual on a community order with a programme...

      Community Orders: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his most recent estimate is of the average annual cost to the Probation Service of supervising an individual undertaking unpaid work in (a) England...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many officials in his Department and the bodies for which he is responsible earned more than (a) £65,000, (b) £95,000, (c)...

      East Sutton Park Prison: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many girls have been put on the anti-social behaviour programme in the Mary Carpenter Unit in East Sutton Park prison (a) more than once and (b) in...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations he has received on the possible effect of reform of legal aid to new entrants to the legal profession; and if he will make a...

      Legal Aid Scheme: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many prisoners serving sentences in England and Wales for (a) murder and (b) manslaughter have received legal aid for proceedings in the family...

      Prison Sentences: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 18 October 2011, Official Report, column 850W, on prison sentences: human rights, what estimate he has made of the total amount...

      Prisoners: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders are serving a sentence in a prison located in or near the community where the offence took place in England and Wales.

      Prisoners: Location

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effect on victims of crime placing offenders in a prison located in or near the community where the offence took...

      Prisoners: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his most recent estimate is of the average annual cost of a prison place in (a) England and (b) Wales including costs (i) at establishment level,...

      Prisons: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what (a) sick pay entitlement and (b) pension provision applies to a prison officer working in (i) a state-run prison and (ii) a privately run prison.

      Prisons: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what is the average (a) gross salary and (b) annual leave entitlement of a prison officer working in a (i) state prison and (ii) privately-run prison.

      Prisons: Discipline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) male and (b) female prisoners were subject to informal punishment after adjudication in each prison in (i) 2009 and (ii) 2010.

      Public Sector: Misconduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what information his Department holds on the power of the (a) police and (b) Crown Prosecution Service to bring to prosecution the Offence of Misconduct...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what comparative assessment he has made of reoffending rates for those offenders participating in the Intensive Alternative to Custody pilot scheme with...

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he has any plans for a national roll-out of intensive alternative to custody schemes.

      Sexual Offences: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisons are running a sex offender treatment programme in England and Wales.

      Sexual Offences: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners (a) are participating in and (b) have declined to participate in the sex offender treatment programme in England and Wales since it...

      Sexual Offences: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the effect of the sex offender treatment programme on post-release outcomes.

      Translation Services: Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the total cost to the public purse was of providing translation services to foreign offenders supervised by the (a) National Offender Management...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to update the ASSET document used to identify the needs of young offenders in the justice pathway; and if he will make a statement.

  • House of Lords

    • Arab Partnership Initiative

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the European Union is providing a similar co-operation scheme to the Arab Partnership; and, if so, what form it takes, and what resources are available.

    • Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ensure that banks in which taxpayers have a shareholding do not include the profits arising from marking the bank's debt to market when...

      Banking: Iceland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have concluded an agreement with Iceland to repay all debts outstanding to the Government and to British depositors with failed Icelandic banks; and...

      Broadcasting: Authority for Television on Demand

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have discussed with Ofcom when it will publish the outcome of the appeals by news and magazine websites against the Authority for Television on...

      Broadcasting: Authority for Television on Demand

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many complaints the Authority for Television on Demand has received about editorial content on on-demand services in each month in 2010 and in January-October 2011.

      Broadcasting: Authority for Television on Demand

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate the Authority for Television on Demand has made of the financial cost incurred in investigating and dealing with each complaint.

      Broadcasting: Authority for Television on Demand

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many complaints about editorial content on on-demand services have resulted in a decision that the Authority for Television on Demand's code has been breached.

      Broadcasting: Authority for Television on Demand

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff and board members are employed by the Authority for Television on Demand (ATVOD); and what were (a) the salary costs, (b) the recruitment costs, (c)...

      Care Homes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hanham on 5 September 2011 (WA 8), whether they will collect information on the financial gains made by care homes from...

      Credit Default Swaps

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the mechanism for determining whether a "credit event" has occurred for the purpose of triggering credit default swaps (CDSs) is rigorous, transparent and...

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role played by minerals mined in rebel-held territories in fuelling, funding or sustaining the wars in Congo.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what reports they have received on (a) the incidence of electoral irregularities in Congo; (b) attacks on the opposition in Congo; and (c) individuals alleged by...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask Her Majesty's Government by how much household energy bills are expected to rise by 2020.

      Energy: Shale Gas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking regarding exploration plans for shale gas.

      Export Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies cost the United Kingdom in each of the last five years.

      Gendercide

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimates have they made of the incidence of gendercide against male babies in countries which they support with foreign aid; and whether they will list the...

      Health: Diabetes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there has been an increased uptake of insulin pump therapy through the National Health Service over the past nine months.

      Health: Musculoskeletal Disease

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the National Quality Board has met recently to discuss musculoskeletal conditions.

      Health: Musculoskeletal Disease

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent estimate they have made of the impact of musculoskeletal services on other NHS and social care services.

      Health: Public Health England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will receive independent advice on matters of public health following the abolition of the Health Protection Agency.

      Housing: Mortgages

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number and proportion of mortgage holders who remortgage at intervals of five years or less, and of the estimated total fees payable...

      Housing: Mortgages

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they consider interest rate insurance on mortgages is an appropriate and price competitive alternative to remortgaging at frequent intervals; and, if so,...

      Housing: Mortgages

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will encourage the partly or wholly state-owned banks to offer interest rate insurance on mortgages to those customers most at risk from rising...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they intend to take in response to the resumption of rocket attacks from Gaza on southern Israel that restarted on 26 October.

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take in the light of the resumption of violence by Hamas if they continue to pursue violence rather than negotiations.

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Government of Israel on the Khan Al-Ahmar School, to the east of Jerusalem, now under a demolition order.

      Legal Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the effect of proposed changes to legal aid on the short and long-term career prospects of barristers called to the Bar in the past...

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 31 October (WA 212) concerning support for companies wishing to do business in Libya, what actions ECGD is...

      Mental Health: Ethnic Minorities

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have evidence of a higher prevalence of mental illness among the United Kingdom's African, Caribbean and mixed race communities; and why there is a...

      Middle East Peace Process

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much (a) the United Kingdom, and (b) the European Union, have contributed to the costs of the Middle East quartet over the past five years.

      National Commissioning Board

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (a) which Department of Health arm's-length bodies would be abolished under the Health and Social Care Bill; (b) which, if any, functions of those bodies will be...

      National Commissioning Board

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the latest estimate they have for (a) the number of clinical commissioning groups likely to be operational in April 2013, (b) the management allowance...

      National Commissioning Board

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the contribution that allied health professional leads could make as part of clinical commissioning groups or the National...

      NHS: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, for each strategic health authority in England, what was their expenditure in 2009-10 and 2010-11, as shown in their audited accounts, together with their agreed...

      NHS: Foundation Trusts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any hospital trust whose application to become a foundation trust is not successful will be deemed to be a trust that is chronically or financially...

      NHS: Primary Care Trusts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what responses were received from primary care trusts in England to the Department of Health letter of 24 August asking how the 2011-12 £648 million funding...

      Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will propose to the Middle East quartet that there should be international guarantees for free elections in the Palestine Liberation Organisation, and...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the difference in annual savings to be made between their previous and current offers to the trade unions on public sector pensions.

      Quantitative Easing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what powers they have over the amount of quantitative easing released and how the money is spent.

      Questions for Written Answer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Written Answers which respond to a Question by reference to a website facilitate the keeping of a permanent record of Government Answers in the Official...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many companies have made applications for grants from the Regional Growth Fund.

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many companies have received grants from the Regional Growth Fund.

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many jobs will be created by grants so far awarded by the Regional Growth Fund.

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications are under consideration for grants from the Regional Growth Fund.

      Republic of Ireland: Irish Language

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 26 October (WA 168) concerning the promotion of the Irish language, whether they will place in the...

      Research Councils

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 20 October (WA 96), whether the Haldane principle operates through checks and balances, with the goal of...

      Scientific Research

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the representations from the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Council for Mathematical Sciences, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Institute for...

      Sport

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to secure a long-term increase in participation in sport following the recent survey by the Sport and Recreation Alliance which found that 84...

      Sport: Community Amateur Sports Clubs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the community amateur sports club scheme to apply to recreational activities which are not included in Sport England's list of...

      Sport: Community Amateur Sports Clubs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to create further incentives for philanthropic giving to amateur sports clubs.

      Sport: Community Amateur Sports Clubs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to allowing the payment of semi-professional players by community amateur sports clubs.

      Sport: Community Amateur Sports Clubs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to improve the community amateur sports club scheme; and what plans they have to review the process by which clubs can exit the scheme.

      Sport: Sports Clubs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will provide extra support for sports clubs in the light of the Sports and Recreation Alliance's 2011 Sports Club Survey which found that more than a...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what reports they have received on the levels of violence and the conditions which currently apply in Southern Kordofan.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the role of the international peace-keepers in Abyei; and what long-term consideration they are giving to the nature of...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Sudan about the citizenship and status of the country's non-Arab minority.

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have held with the Arab League about the repression in Syria.

      Taxation: Green Taxes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they define "green" taxes; and what is their latest estimate of the amount that they will raise in the current financial year.

      Telecommunications

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they consider that organisations outside the United Kingdom are collecting private information from telecommunications equipment used in the United...

      Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans in conjunction with other states to prevent publication of, or any harmful effects of, the English-language internet magazine called Inspire.

      Tourism

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, given the Prime Minister's stated aim to increase United Kingdom in-bound tourism to the level where it becomes a top five world tourist destination, they...

      Tunisia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the results of the recent election in Tunisia.

      UNESCO: Membership

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there was an attempt to have a united European Union policy on the subject of Palestine's membership of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and...

      War Memorials

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make compensatory payments for any tax collected on the construction of war memorials.

      Young Offenders: Restraint

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Restraint Advisory Board will report back on its assessment of the safety and appropriateness of all restraint techniques used in the under-18 secure...

      Young Offenders: Restraint

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Ministry of Justice, the Youth Justice Board and the Restraint Advisory Board have sought or obtained legal advice on the lawfulness of pain compliant...

      Young Offenders: Restraint

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the official criteria for the completion of exception incident reports relating to children held in Young Offender Institutions, Secure Training Centres...

      Youth Justice Board

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest estimate of the annual savings from abolition of the Youth Justice Boards; and by how much this varies from the estimates provided when the...

      Youth Justice Board

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 19 October (WA 84-85), why they cannot provide now the names of the organisations that opposed the abolition of...

      Youth Justice Board

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the work undertaken by the Youth Justice Board during the riots in August 2011, (a) what implications the proposed abolition of the Youth Justice...

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