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Written answers

Thursday, 10 November 2011

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the introduction of a system of taxation to...

    • Broadband: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how he proposes that the recently announced £56.9 million for supporting the broadband network in Wales will be allocated.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she will publish her plans to introduce mandatory carbon reporting for companies.

    • Hunting: Wild Boar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she plans to (a) introduce a closed season for the hunting of wild boar, (b) raise the minimum age of wild boar that...

      Reservoirs: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to publish the revised guidance notes for reservoir safety pursuant to the Reservoirs Act 1975 and 1996...

      Water Abstraction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many rivers her Department assesses as at high risk of over-abstraction.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Growing Places Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what criteria his Department used to determine the indicative allocations of funding to local enterprise partnerships from the...

    • Growing Places Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what financial contribution his Department plans to make to the Growing Places Fund.

      Growing Places Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which bodies will be responsible for submitting final bids for funding from the Growing Places Fund; and if he will make a statement.

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to monitor housing needs in relation to the trends in population to 2050 projected by the...

      Local Government: Eggs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has issued guidelines to local authorities on their buying criteria to ensure eggs produced in conventional cages...

      Social Rented Housing: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate his Department has made of the amount of land for which planning permission for housing development has been...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Bell Pottinger Group

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities whether (a) Ministers, (b) officials in the Government Equalities Office and (c) her political advisers have met representatives of (i) Bell Pottinger...

    • Hate Crime

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what steps she is taking to tackle hate crime.

      Ministers: Equality

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities whether she has a policy on the proportion of Ministers who are (a) women and (b) state educated.

  • Prime Minister

    • Euro Summit

      To ask the Prime Minister with reference to annex one of the joint statement on resolving the debt crisis, issued following the Euro summit of 26 October 2011, whether he participated in the...

    • Euro Summit

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he plans to participate in the negotiations on (a) improving fiscal discipline and economic union in the Euro area and (b) treaty changes as announced in the...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Bell Pottinger Group

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

    • Charities

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

  • Wales

    • Departmental Parliamentary Questions

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

    • Departmental Written Questions

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

      Departmental Written Questions

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

  • Transport

    • Biofuels: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when she plans to publish guidelines on the biofuel carbon sustainability criteria in respect of the EU Renewable Energy Directive; (2) how long...

    • Driving: Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance her Department plans to issue on the interpretation of the term severe hypoglycaemic event for the purposes of EU Directive 2009/112/EC...

      Metals: Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment her Department has made of the effects on rail and road travel of incidents caused by metal theft; and whether she has made any...

      Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she has had with Ministers in the Home Department on placing armed guards on UK flagged ships to guard against piracy; and if she will...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the effect of reducing the frequency of MOT tests on the number of deaths and serious injuries on the roads.

      Traffic Lights: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether she has any plans to permit the installation of trixi traffic light safety mirrors by local authorities without the requirement to seek express...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effect of black carbon on climate change; and if he will make a statement.

    • Energy: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what measures to promote (a) renewable energy and (b) energy efficiency he plans to include in his January 2012 submission on his...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of households which will enter fuel poverty should average annual energy bills increase by (a)...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change from what date he expects that no person in the UK will be living in fuel poverty.

      Fuel Poverty: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) how many households were living in fuel poverty in London in each year since 2000; (2) how many households were living in fuel...

      Fuel Poverty: Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many people eligible for the state pension were living in fuel poverty in each of the last five years.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the carbon dioxide emission reductions which will be attributable to the Green Deal; and what contribution...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on measures to compensate those who have ordered a solar photovoltaic installation but cannot meet the deadlines set...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Adam Werritty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his (a) private office and (b) special advisers have received email communications from Mr Adam Werritty since May 2010.

    • Afghanistan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of (a) men and (b) women from his Department will attend the Bonn Conference in December; and what the level of...

      Departmental Legal Opinion

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

      Departmental Written Questions

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

      Ethnic Groups: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government plans to ratify International Labour Organisation Convention 169 on the rights of indigenous and tribal...

      Sudan

      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, what the engagements were of the...

      Sudan

      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, what travel advice his Department issued to UK...

      Sudan

      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, what the purpose was of the visit to Sudan by...

      Sudan

      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, what the nature was of the Under-Secretary of...

      Sudan

      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, what the name is of each person who travelled...

  • Defence

    • Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Blaydon of 21 October 2011, Official Report, column 1167W, on defence equipment, to which destinations in...

    • Defence Equipment: Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the monetary value was of each of the surplus vessels and items of equipment that have been sold by tender in Gibraltar; (2) pursuant to the...

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many helicopters have been damaged by brownout in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Wyre Forest of 31 October 2011, Official Report, column 405W, on the Navy, whether any ships were reckoned...

  • Education

    • Carers: Grandparents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what provision his Department has made to support grandparents who are the primary carers of their grandchildren; whether any support is planned during...

    • Children's Centres: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of closures of Sure Start children's centres since April 2010.

      Dominic Cummings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) whether Mr Dominic Cummings issued instructions to civil servants prior to his appointment as special adviser; (2) whether Mr Dominic Cummings...

      Grandparents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent (a) representations he has received from and (b) meetings he has had with the Grandparents' Association; what issues were discussed; and if...

      Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department spent on (a) legal advice and (b) instructing counsel in (i) 2007, (ii) 2009, (iii) 2010 and (iv) the first six months of 2011;...

      School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he has reviewed the administration of the Fruit for Schools scheme; and which organisation is responsible for the scheme's administration.

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what funding his Department plans to allocate to school sport in each of the next five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the performance of the Youth Sport Trust in increasing participation in (a) general school sports and games activities,...

      Schools: Eggs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he has issued guidelines to schools on their buying criteria to ensure eggs produced in conventional cages should not be used in any form.

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the potential effects of the transposition into UK law of the EU directive on the protection of animals used...

    • Cyber Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her assessment is of the adequacy of the priority given by the National Security Strategy to the threat posed to the UK by cyber crime.

      Cyber Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the current measures in place to enable businesses to (a) report cyber-crime and (b)...

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the use of dogs in instances of (a) gang and (b) youth violence.

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her strategy on gang and youth violence will take account of the use of dogs in acts of violence.

      Demonstrations: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her Department's policy is on recovering policing costs from the organisers of demonstrations.

      Deportation: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the use of control and restraint on children in pre-departure accommodation.

      Driving Offences: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police forces permit persons identified as having exceeded the speed limit to attend a driving safety course in lieu of penalty points;...

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal firearms were confiscated in each of the last five years.

      Home Office Circular

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to finalise proposals for a revision of Home Office circular 46/2004.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how long on average it takes to return documents to an individual who has been granted leave to remain.

      Offenders: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many police areas people arrested for offences are routinely asked whether they have served in the armed forces; and whether in such...

      Passports: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of passport fraud Passport Office staff have detected in each of the last five years.

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police from Nottinghamshire are being seconded to London 2012 policing; and what steps will be taken to cover any gap in local policing.

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the value is of financial reserves held by each police authority.

      UK Border Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff will be employed by the (a) Cardiff Location Immigration Team (LIT), (b) South West LIT, (c) Gwent and North Wales LIT and (d)...

  • Justice

    • Chief Coroner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what account he has taken of the proportion of responses to his consultation on the Public Bodies Bill (a) for and (b) against including the Office of...

    • Community Orders: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the charges made by the community payback teams to voluntary organisations in communities which benefit from the visits...

      Crimes of Violence: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make it his policy that when sentencing guidelines for assault state that an aggravating factor should be given for offences committed against...

      Cybercrime: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people have been convicted of cyber crimes perpetrated against businesses in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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 Justice 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, (d)...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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...

      Disability Living Allowance: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the length of time for an appeal to be heard in respect of a reduction in a claimant's disability living allowance.

      Prison Sentences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what progress he has made on the review of the sentence of imprisonment for public protection; and if he will make a statement.

      Prisoners: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the average annual cost to the public purse was of a prison place in England and Wales for the latest year for which information is available;...

  • Treasury

    • Arms Trade: North Africa

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what sums in loans (a) lent and (b) guaranteed by the Government to the former Government of Egypt for the purchase of UK arms the Government is now seeking...

    • Arms Trade: North Africa

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer from which countries in North Africa and the Middle East, other than Egypt, the Government is now seeking the repayment of loans made by, or guaranteed by,...

      Departmental Parliamentary Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) 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,...

      Individual Savings Accounts: Environment Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department plans to introduce individual savings accounts that encourage investment in green industries.

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what additional cost to the public purse in cash terms will arise from the Government commitment, announced on 2 November 2011, that individuals within 10...

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the assumptions used to calculate the values in Table 2.A of Public Service pensions: good pensions that last, what estimate he has made...

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of writing to people affected by planned changes to public sector pensions.

      Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps HM Revenue and Customs has taken to improve efficiency and customer relations in the last 12 months.

      Taxation: Multinational Companies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward proposals for a multilateral agreement to require multinational mining companies to be more transparent in their overseas tax affairs.

      VAT: Sports

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what factors he took into account when taking the decision to change the VAT status of sports clubs.

  • International Development

    • Adam Werritty

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

    • Adam Werritty

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

      Departmental Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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...

      Developing Countries: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department is giving to developing countries to ensure that tax is collected efficiently and effectively.

      Kyrgyzstan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the (a) monetary value and (b) delivery of humanitarian aid provided by his Department to Kyrgyzstan in...

      Somaliland: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on projects in Somaliland in the last 12 months.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Adam Werritty

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

    • Construction: Jarrow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the construction industry were (a) killed and (b) injured in the workplace in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside,...

      Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average Social Fund crisis loan was in the last year for which figures are available.

      Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions by what means Social Fund crisis loans are paid to individuals who do not hold a bank or post office account.

      Departmental Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of his Department's headcount in each of the next three years.

      Departmental Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on marketing in each month since June 2010.

      Departmental Pay

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the future level of benefit expenditure.

      Departmental Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) documents, (b) leaflets and (c) other written materials for which his Department and its associated public bodies are responsible are...

      Departmental Work Experience

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

      Departmental Written Questions

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

      Departmental Written Questions

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

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect of redundancies arising from the cancellation of Flexible New Deal contracts on the capacity of the...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of accrued liabilities for Work programme contracts in each month since the Work programme began.

      Funeral Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average funeral payment was in the last year for which figures are available.

      Income Support: Lone Parents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parents on income support there were in (a) Great Britain, (b) England, (c) the west midlands and (d) Dudley borough in (i) 1997,...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many businesses in the construction industry have been (a) prosecuted and (b) fined for breaches of health and safety regulations in (i)...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many site visits have been carried out by Health and Safety Executive inspectors in the construction industry in (a) Jarrow constituency,...

      Industrial Health and Safety: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many inspectors were employed by the Health and Safety Executive in each year since 1997.

      Industrial Health and Safety: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what average fine was imposed on employers for breaches of health and safety regulations in (a) the north-east and (b) the UK in each year...

      Innovation Fund: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his contribution of 24 October 2011, Official Report, column 3, how many young people have been placed in employment through his...

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of the Jobcentre Plus risk register.

      Jobcentre Plus: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time staff are employed in a Jobcentre or Jobcentre Plus office in (i) Great Britain, (ii) England and...

      Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many special advisers are employed in his Department; (2) if he will list the salaries of special advisers in his Department.

      New Deal Schemes: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's estimate is of the (a) contract closure costs for the Flexible New Deal and (b) costs associated with procurement of Work...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to take steps to mitigate the effects of quantitative easing (QE) on (a) pension funds due for statutory triennial valuation...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit sanctions were (a) issued and (b) enforced in each month since June 2010.

      Social Security Benefits: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 20 October 2011, Official Report, column 1091W, on social security benefits, how much funding was spent on take-up...

      Unemployment: Dudley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions his Department has had with its partner agencies on the rate of (a) long-term, (b) youth and (c) overall unemployment...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on the inclusion of passported benefits in universal credit; and if he will make a statement.

      UNUM Ltd

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions (a) he and (b) his Department has had with representatives of UNUM Ltd since May 2010.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 24 October 2011, Official Report, column 109W, on work capability assessment, what assessment his Department has made...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which voluntary and third sector organisations expressed an interest in signing Work programme contracts; and if he will make a statement.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many voluntary and third sector organisations are in the supply chain of Work programme provider Maximus; how many referrals from...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Bell Pottinger Group

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether (a) Ministers, (b) officials and (c) political advisers in his Department have met representatives of (i) Bell Pottinger Group or (ii) each of...

    • Civil Contingencies Secretariat: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the budget was for the Civil Contingencies Secretariat in each year since 2005; and what the budget will be during the comprehensive spending...

      Civil Servants: Secondment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many UK nationals on secondment from each Government department were working in an EU (a) institution and (b) agency (i) in each of the last 20...

      Co-operatives

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps the Government plans to take to promote the achievements of co-operative organisations during the United Nations International Year of...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when he plans to lift the temporary exemption from publication for Ministry of Defence contracts associated with war like stores.

      Departmental Training

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many external training courses staff of (a) his Department, (b) 10 Downing street and (c) the office of the Deputy Prime Minister attended in the...

      Domestic Horizon Scanning Committee

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office on what dates the Domestic Horizon Scanning Committee has met since May 2010; and who chaired each meeting.

      Emergencies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office on what date he expects the National Risk Register of Civil Emergencies 2011 to be published.

      Emergencies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many full-time equivalent staff work on the (a) central response, (b) local response and (c) resilient telecommunications workstreams of the...

      Emergencies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what the budget was for the (a) central response, (b) local response and (c) resilient telecommunications workstreams of the Capabilities...

      Emergencies: Cabinet Committees

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how often the Ministerial Committee on National Security, International Relations and Development: Sub-committee on Protective Security and...

      Emergencies: Training

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) officials, (b) special advisers and (c) Ministers have received Central Government Emergency Response Training since May 2010.

      Emergencies: Training

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many of the officials in the Civil Contingencies Secretariat have not received Central Government Emergency Response Training.

      Emergencies: Training

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many officials in Government Departments have received Central Government Emergency Response Training.

      Emergencies: Training

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many permanent secretaries in each Government department have received Central Government Emergency Response Training.

      Government Departments: Databases

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what progress he is making on creating a right to data; and if he will make a statement.

      Government Departments: JCB

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what contracts the Government has awarded to (a) JCB and (b) associates of JCB since May 2010.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether he plans to take steps to support small and medium-sized enterprises competing against larger corporations for Government contracts.

      Major Projects Authority

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office on how many occasions the Major Projects Authority has met; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Sector Transparency Board

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office on how many occasions the Public Sector Transparency Board has met; on what dates; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will ensure that a gender equality impact assessment is carried out for the reform proposals being made in relation to each public sector pension...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Arts: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many applications for art and design undergraduate courses were made in each of the last five years; what proportion of all...

    • 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, which business sectors...

      Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which external consultants are providing services to his Department in connection with the Red Tape Challenge; and what the (a)...

      Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which (a) organisations and (b) individuals have made the largest number of submissions to the Red Tape Challenge to date.

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which (a) public and (b) private sector organisations he has met to discuss his Department's review of (i) employment law and...

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) pursuant to the answer of 15 December 2010, Official Report, column 791W, on conditions of employment, what representations...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many procurement contracts his Department has awarded to small businesses since May 2010.

      Directors: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 3 November 2011, Official Report, column 758W, on directors' disqualification, what monetary benefit to...

      Employment: Waste Management

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the potential (a) turnover, (b) level of employment and (c) level of exports attributable to the...

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of potential trends in employment in the environmental goods and services sector in each year to...

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people are currently employed in the environmental goods and services sector; and if he will make a statement.

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people are employed in the low-carbon and environmental goods and services sector.

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many meetings of the Green Economy Council he has attended since his appointment.

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the (a) turnover, (b) level of employment and (c) level of exports attributable to the contaminated...

      Government Departments: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for (a) Transport, (b) Justice, (c) International Development, (d)...

      Green Construction Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the terms of reference are of the Green Construction Board.

      Growing Places Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions Ministers in his Department have had with their counterparts in the Department for Communities and Local...

      Growing Places Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what involvement his Department will have through its local offices network in the approval of projects put forward under the...

      Higher Education: Teachers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what proportion of higher education professors in each subject area were (a) male and (b) female in each of the last...

      Pollution Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the potential (a) turnover, (b) level of employment and (c) level of exports attributable to the air...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether any of the successful bids for the second round of the Regional Growth Fund were not part of the Independent Advisory...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many bids received to the second round of the Regional Growth Fund from each Government office region were not successful.

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the value of the bids to the second round of the Regional Growth Fund in each Government office...

      Science: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what steps he is taking to encourage the participation of women in science and engineering disciplines; (2) what steps he...

      Science: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) courses each university offered in the last academic year for which...

      Science: Skilled Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what (a) correspondence and (b) evidence he has received from businesses and organisations in the life sciences industry on...

      Trade Promotion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which international trade delegations UK Trade and Investment has participated in since May 2010; and how many (a) delegates, (b)...

  • Health

    • Cataracts: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the cost of treating elderly patients with cataracts in hospitals in the latest year for which figures are available.

    • Cataracts: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was for cataract treatment in each region in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent staff work on the (a) infectious diseases: human, (b) mass casualties and (c) health services of the Capabilities Programme;...

      Departmental Written Questions

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

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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 Health how many and what proportion of questions for written answer on a named day his Department has answered on the due date in the 2010-12 session of...

      Dialysis Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he made of the average cost of (a) dialysis away from base and (b) dialysis carried out in a patient's normal unit when calculating the...

      Dialysis Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the level of provision of dialysis away from base.

      Health: Cabinet Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the Cabinet Sub-Committee on Public Health to meet for the first time; how often he expects it to meet; how it will operate in relation to...

      Hydration: Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what information his Department holds on the cost to the NHS of treating conditions that result from lack of hydration in hospitals in each year...

      Hydration: Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of patients who have been treated for dehydration in hospitals in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Incontinence: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many local arrangements outside the Drug Tariff for the supply of urology and stoma products are in place in England; (2) what assessment he...

      Locums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant the answer of 31 October 2011, Official Report, column 452W, on general practitioners, what his policy is on the rights of (a) patients and (b)...

      Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to support small and medium-sized enterprises to develop innovative medical devices.

      Medical Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of barriers to product innovation for manufacturers in the health sector.

      Medicine: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish (a) the total number of admissions to medical and dental schools and (b) the ethnic origin by (i) number and (ii) proportion of the...

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether NHS South of England or its successor organisation will be a permanent regional tier within the NHS Commissioning Board from 2013.

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the statutory basis is for the constitution of NHS South of England.

      NHS: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment he has made of the performance of the Lorenzo computer system; (2) what assessment he has made of the future of the Lorenzo...

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the salaries are of the executive team and non-executive board members of NHS South of England.

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which (a) organisations and (b) individuals advise his Department on matters relating to (i) obesity and (ii) alcohol.

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 31 October 2011, Official Report, column 458W, on palliative care, if he will make it his policy to create a mechanism for NHS...

      Prescription Drugs: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the effect of the Drug Tariff on the (a) development, (b) adoption and (c) diffusion of innovative products in the...

      Primary Care Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy that the determination of future funding needs for the public health system will not be based on the historic public health...

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure NHS trusts have a renewal programme for radiotherapy machines.

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure the availability of an adequate number of trained radiotherapists.

      Surgery: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many vascular surgeons are employed by (a) the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and (b) Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS...

      Surgery: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in Warrington required arterial surgery in the last five years for which figures are available.

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the rise of Afghanistan's rating on the Human Development Index from 0.23 to 0.39 over the last decade, and of whether this accurately...

    • Armed Forces: Medals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who will make the decision in the Diamond Jubilee year as regards precedence of the Merchant Navy Medal in the order of wear.

      Bangladesh

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the human rights situation in Bangladesh, in the light of recent reports of abuses against civilians; and what representations they...

      Banking: Bank of Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what instructions they have given to that section of the Bank of Ireland which operates in the United Kingdom concerning the imposition of charges in the retail sector.

      Benefits: Job Seeker's Allowance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people under the age of 24 have currently been in receipt of jobseeker's allowance for more than 12 months, in each of the London Boroughs and the City of...

      Civil Service: Honours

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who decides on the merits of applications for honours for civil servants doing their jobs; how the examiners are selected; by whom; and when.

      Commonwealth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they are giving to the Government of Southern Sudan to assist with expediting their application to join the Commonwealth.

      Commonwealth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which states have become members of the Commonwealth of Nations since 1997.

      Commonwealth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether all states are eligible under the criteria of the Edinburgh Declaration of 1997 to become members of the Commonwealth of Nations.

      Commonwealth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government , in the light of the 2007 Kampala review of the Edinburgh Declaration of 1997, which states (a) have become a member of the Commonwealth of Nations but have no...

      Crime: Custody and Bail

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people in the United Kingdom currently being held in custody or on bail have been in that position for more than 10 years.

      Crime: Rioting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many young people were found custodial placements (a) on remand, and (b) after sentence, as a result of court action on prosecutions related to the riots...

      Cybercrime

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the cost of cybercrime to the United Kingdom economy.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the United Nations Mapping Exercise report published last October into war crimes committed in Congo.

      Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent minerals mined in rebel-held territories in Congo being sold in the United Kingdom.

      Employment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government , further to the Written Answer by Lord Strathclyde on 7 November (WA 8), whether the methodology described validates the Prime Minister's reference to 500,000 new...

      Employment: Agency Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government , further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 1 November (WA 229), on what country-by-country data they base their understanding that the majority of...

      Employment: Under 25s

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what encouragement and assistance they are giving to companies to employ workers between (a) 16 and 18 years old, and (b) 18 and 25 years old.

      Encampments

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are considering to ensure that encampments are not allowed to be set up on public areas or private land.

      Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to publish an assessment of the impact on jobs and businesses of their proposals for changes to feed-in tariffs.

      Energy: Nuclear Industry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they propose to take to implement the decision of the European Union regarding diversity of ownership of new nuclear build in the United Kingdom.

      Energy: Wind Farms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many planning applications for wind farms onshore and offshore have been refused to date; and where the proposed wind farms were sited.

      EU: Financial Assistance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the United Kingdom Government and banks contributed to the European bailout agreed on 26-27 October.

      EU: State Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ensure that European banks receiving equity finance from the European Financial Stability Facility will be deemed to be in receipt of state aid,...

      Euro

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support the policy of the European Union that accession states must agree to adopt the euro as their currency as a condition of membership.

      Export Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the participating states of the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies; and when each state joined.

      Export Control

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether additional states are expected to join the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies during each...

      Finance: Clearing Houses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what basis minimum capital requirements and necessary governance requirements are determined for central counterparties, or clearing houses, to ensure...

      Finance: Recovery and Resolution Plans

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will require central counterparties, or clearing houses, to prepare and maintain resolution plans, or living wills.

      Government: Ministerial Meetings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether ministers or senior officials from HM Treasury met Mr Adam Werritty at any time since May 2010.

      Government: Official Photographs

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

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will raise with the Middle East quartet the higher level of charges in the West Bank for water and electricity as compared with Israel.

      Justice: Legal Services

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are their reasons for reservations to the EU Commission's proposal for a directive on the right of access to a lawyer in criminal proceedings and on the right...

      Justice: Out-of-court Disposals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether all out-of-court disposals are properly recorded on an offender's criminal record.

      Localism Bill

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect that the Localism Bill would have on United Kingdom freedom of information legislation.

      National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are employed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence; and how many of those are doctors or nurses.

      National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the remit of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE); and how this relates to the making of political statements by NICE.

      National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the budget of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence; and what proportion of it is spent on salaries.

      National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the proposal from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence for women to be able to choose to have a caesarean section without any clinical...

      NHS: Deaneries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government where NHS Deaneries will reside following the abolition of strategic health authorities; and how they will be funded.

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House all of the correspondence during September and October 2011 between the Northern Ireland Office and the...

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the new Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, while holding that post in the United Kingdom, is representing a foreign government...

      Northern Ireland: Troubles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to be able to announce a blueprint for dealing with the legacy of Northern Ireland's troubles.

      Northern Ireland: Troubles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in gaining political agreement on ways to deal with the legacy of Northern Ireland's troubles.

      Northern Ireland: Troubles

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish a response to the report of the Consultative Group on the Past in Northern Ireland.

      Police: Custody

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people died in police custody in 2010 and 2011 to date; and what are the ethnic origins of the deceased.

      Police: Discipline

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many serious breaches of discipline have been established in the North Yorkshire police area over the past three years; and how many officers have been...

      Second World War: Pardons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 30 October (WA 188) regarding making representations to the Government of the Republic of Ireland...

      State Recognition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 19 October (WA 86) concerning "clearly defined territory with a population" as a factor in state...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the light of ongoing violence against the peoples of Southern Kordofan and Abyei, they will consider the introduction of targeted travel sanctions...

      War Memorials

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have about the theft of a war memorial statue in Tidworth on 17 October; and what action they are planning to take.

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