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Written answers

Monday, 14 November 2011

  • Scotland

    • Bell Pottinger Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether the Advocate-General for Scotland has met representatives of (a) Bell Pottinger Group or (b) each of its subsidiaries in the last five years; on...

    • Bell Pottinger Group

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

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has held with (a) Ministers in the Scottish Government and (b) Scottish police forces regarding the border access checks pilot...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Archaeological Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many Roman archaeological sites there are in (a) each region and (b) each nation; and if he will make a statement.

    • Art Works: England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many publicly owned works of art are on display in the open air in England; and if he will make a statement.

      Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what recent assessment he has made of trends in access to the arts and culture (a) nationally and (b) regionally; and...

      Bell Pottinger Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether (a) Ministers, (b) officials and (c) political advisers in his Department have met representatives of (i) Bell...

      Creative Industries Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what his assessment is of the frequency of the current meeting schedule of the Creative Industries Council.

      Creative Industries Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to his answers of 7 November 2011, Official Report, column 1051W, on Creative Industries Council, and 7 November...

      Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will make an assessment of the contribution of heritage sites in (a) the South West, (b) Scotland and (c) Wales to the...

      Design: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much his Department has spent on design in respect of (a) logos, (b) buildings, (c) advertising, (d) stationery and (e)...

      Grant Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the level of funding provided by his Department to organisations based (a) in and (b) outside...

      English Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much funding he has allocated to the (a) Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England and (b) English Heritage...

      Freeview Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what representations his Department has received on channel allocation on the Freeview platform; and if he will place any...

      Internet Governance Forum: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether his Department plans any specific measures relating to security issues for (a) intellectual property and (b) other...

      Museums and Galleries: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will make an assessment of the level of access of school children from maintained schools to theatres, galleries,...

      News International

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what meetings (a) special advisers and (b) officials in his Department have had with representatives of News International;...

      Ofcom

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what powers Ofcom has under the Communications Act 2003 to regulate DTT Multiplex Operators Ltd; and if he will make a statement.

      Royal Parks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with his (a) Brazilian, (b) Chinese, (c) Indian, (d) Russian and (e) European counterparts on...

  • Leader of the House

    • Bell Pottinger Group

      To ask the Leader of the House whether (a) Ministers, (b) officials and (c) political advisers in his office have met representatives of (i) Bell Pottinger Group or (ii) each of its subsidiaries...

    • Duchy of Cornwall

      To ask the Leader of the House what the constitutional position of the Duchy of Cornwall is in respect of legislation before the House.

      Legislation: Parliamentary Scrutiny

      To ask the Leader of the House what plans he has to utilise the expertise of Select Committees in the scrutiny of (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation.

      Private Members’ Bills

      To ask the Leader of the House what recent representations he has received relating to the procedures used for Private Members' legislation.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Food: Hygiene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to improve (a) the delivery of food to supermarkets and (b) other food resilience mechanisms.

    • Food: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on food prices support for...

      Honey: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will estimate the potential cost to producers of honey in the UK of a requirement to re-label and test all honey...

      Poultry: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) if she will make it her policy to ban the import of processed eggs incorporated into a food product where the eggs are...

      Ragwort: Poisoning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cases of ragwort poisoning have been reported in each of the last five years.

  • Prime Minister

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the location is of each breeding centre overseas which supplies non-human primates to the UK for the purpose of scientific research.

    • Antisocial Behaviour: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps she plans to take to deal with antisocial behaviour and actions on the internet; (2) what assessment she has made of the...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many unsuccessful asylum seekers deported from the UK were refused entry on arrival at the country of their origin and subsequently...

      Domestic Violence: Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 11 October 2011, Official Report, column 330W, on domestic violence: immigrants, what steps she plans to take to...

      Capabilities Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many full-time equivalent staff work on the (a) chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear resilience and (b) mass fatalities...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make it her policy to require a health insurance certificate to be submitted with a visa application.

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many EU directives are pending transposition into domestic legislation by her Department.

      Financial Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether (a) she and (b) her officials have had discussions with (i) the Bishop of London and (ii) the authorities of St Paul's Cathedral on...

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to curb the flow to criminal gangs of ammunition for illegal firearms.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Iraqi nationals who have no legal basis to remain the UK have been removed to Iraq in each month since May 2010; and if she will...

      Illegal Immigrants: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to ensure businesses are aware of the penalties for employing illegal immigrants.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed applicants under the Highly-Skilled Migrants programme have subsequently been deported; and what the average cost of...

      Immigration: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which airports and ports in Scotland participated in the border access check pilot introduced in summer 2011.

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to remove knives from criminals.

      Licensing Act 2003

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations she has received on reform of the Licensing Act 2003.

      Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps she has taken to reduce waiting times for the issue of new passports.

      Theft: Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment her Department has made of the extent of theft of and from HGVs: and what steps her Department is taking to reduce such thefts.

      Theft: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps she has taken to reduce levels of retail theft.

      UK Border Agency: Stress

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of working days lost by UK Border Agency staff was attributed to stress-related conditions in the most recent year for which...

      UK Border Agency: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many telephone calls the UK Border Agency helpline has received in the last 12 months.

  • Wales

    • Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions she has had on the mandate of the National Crime Agency to deal with wildlife crime in Wales.

    • Barnett Formula

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many times she has met Treasury Ministers to discuss reform of the Barnett formula since May 2010.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether her Department has received any representations expressing concern about the policing of a badger cull in Wales.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions she has had with Ministers in the Welsh Government on badger culling using shooting.

      Business Advisory Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what advice she has received from members of her Business Advisory Council since May 2010.

      Business Advisory Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions she has had with her Business Advisory Council on support for (a) the construction industry, (b) the creative industries and (c)...

      Commission on Devolution in Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what budget her Department plans to provide for the Commission on Devolution in Wales.

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assets with a value of £1,000 or more her Department has bought since May 2010; and if she will make a statement.

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the average cost to her Department is of processing the payment of an invoice.

      Design: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what contracts her Department has awarded for design services since May 2010; and what information her Department holds on the location of such companies.

      Design: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much her Department has spent on design in respect of (a) logos, (b) buildings, (c) advertising, (d) stationery and (e) campaigns in the last year for...

      Judicial Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what applications for judicial review have been made against her Department (a) in the last Parliament and (b) since May 2010; whether each such...

      Public Sector: Pay

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

      Press: Subscriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much her Department has spent on newspapers, periodicals and trade profession magazines since May 2010.

      Security Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what level of security vetting is required for the post of (a) head of communications, (b) deputy head of communications and (c) press officer in her...

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions she has had with Welsh Government Ministers on the devolution of energy policies to Wales.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions she has had with Welsh Government Ministers on drug usage in Wales.

      Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on full electrification of the railway line between London and Swansea.

      Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether her Department has carried out an economic impact assessment for Wales on the effect of the Government's spending reductions.

      Human Trafficking: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions she has had with the Welsh Government on separated and trafficked children in Wales.

      Inward Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if she will estimate the level of inward investment to Wales since May 2010.

      Joint Ministerial Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when and where the next meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee will take place.

      Joint Ministerial Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when and where the last meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee took place; and what was discussed.

      Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many officials in her Department work in its legal section.

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many officials in her Department received a pay rise other than by promotion in the last two years.

      Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many people are in possession of a security pass for her main departmental headquarters.

      Security

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

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) incapacity benefit and (b) employment and support allowance claimants there were in Wales in the period for which figures are available.

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment she has made of the impact of the strategic defence and security review on Wales.

      Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much her Department has allocated to each public telephone line funded by her Department in 2011-12.

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment she has made of the level of long-term unemployment in Wales.

      Internships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many paid internships her Department has offered since May 2010.

  • Defence

    • Service Personnel: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what support his Department is providing to service personnel to access affordable housing.

    • Defence Reform Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress he has made in implementing the recommendations of the defence reform review.

      Operation Ellamy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the performance of the armed forces in Operation Ellamy.

      Reservists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what incentives are available to encourage people to become reservists.

      Eads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what support his Department is providing to EADS to win the combat jet tender for the Indian air force.

      Defence Munitions: Beith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the potential effects of changes to Ministry of Defence police staffing levels at Defence Munitions Beith.

      Adam Werritty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the (a) names, (b) titles and (c) positions were of each individual who attended a meeting he had during an overseas visit at which Mr Adam...

      Adam Werritty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to paragraph 14 of the report by the Cabinet Secretary of 18 October 2011, who offered private office attendance to the then Secretary of...

      Adam Werritty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Minister for international security strategy sought advice from the permanent secretary of his Department prior to his meeting with Adam...

      Adam Werritty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether Adam Werritty was present during any meetings which his predecessor had with representatives of the US administration at which the Trident...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what criteria he has set to define the end of Operation Herrick.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent progress he has made towards the deployment of the Foxhound vehicle to Afghanistan.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what training his Department provides to military personnel on responding to emergencies and natural disasters; and how many such emergencies and natural...

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to identify the underlying causes for the drop-out rate from training for recruits aged below 18 years; and what...

      Bell Pottinger Group

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

      Counter-terrorism: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what collaborative research on threat reduction is being undertaken by the Atomic Weapons Establishment’s National Security Division and the UK...

      Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Blaydon of 21 October 2011, Official Report, column 1167W, on defence equipment, on how many...

      Defence: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what funding his Department allocated to research and development expenditure on (a) manned contact aircraft, (b) Future Surface Combatant, (c) next...

      Defence: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of his Department's budget was spent on equipment for the (a) Army, (b) Navy and (c) RAF in each year since 2005.

      Defence: Territorial Waters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of funding to ensure the effective protection of UK territorial waters.

      Cyber Taskforce

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel are assigned to his Department’s cyber task force.

      Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many consultants were employed to work on marketing by his Department; how much was spent in total by his Department on external consultants to work...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

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

      Ministerial Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) who the duty Minister in his Department was on each day of August 2011; and what the responsibilities of the duty Minister were; (2) which staff...

      Security Vetting

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

      Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to the public purse was of sending (a) officials of his Department and (b) special advisers to accompany him on his leave in Spain; and if...

      Written Questions

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

      Written Questions

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

      Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 14 July 2011, Official Report, column 429W, on disclosure of information, if he will publish the findings of the inquiry into...

      Ex-servicemen: Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether armed services personnel receive any advice on domestic violence prior to leaving the armed services.

      France: Military Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent meetings he has had with his French counterpart to discuss UK-French defence co-operation; and what his priorities are for further developing...

      France: Military Alliances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the potential effects of planned defence budget reductions in the UK and France on future defence co-operation with France.

      Irg

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on how many occasions Ministers in his Department have met representatives of IRG Ltd; and when any such meetings have taken place.

      Israel: Joint Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what discussions he has had with his Israeli counterpart on co-operation on military and security intelligence; (2) what discussions he has had...

      Lord Astor of Hever

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) on how many occasions Lord Astor of Hever has visited Bahrain on Government business; and what Government business he conducted on each visit; (2)...

      Lord Astor of Hever

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many official meetings Lord Astor of Hever has had with Stephen Crouch.

      Military Bases: Chelsfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) (a) how and (b) by whom the value of Chelsfield Ammunition Depot was determined; (2) whether claw-back provisions were put in place in respect of...

      Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Royal Navy ships are currently in service; how many were in service in 2008; and if he will make a statement.

      Somalia: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps the Royal Navy is taking to tackle piracy off the Horn of Africa.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the right hon. Member for North Somerset's meeting with the Sri Lanka Development Trust in Sri Lanka formed part of the official itinerary for...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to answer question 69774 on his leave in Spain, tabled on 11 August 2011 for answer on 6 September 2011.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Schools: Polling Stations

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, how many schools are used as polling stations in England.

  • Attorney-General

    • Bell Pottinger Group

      To ask the Attorney-General whether (a) he, (b) officials and (c) political advisers in the Law Officers' Departments have met representatives of (i) Bell Pottinger Group or (ii) each of its...

    • Courts: Victims

      To ask the Attorney-General in what proportion of court cases in (a) Northamptonshire and (b) England the Crown Prosecution Service has ensured the presentation of victim impact statements in the...

      Consultants

      To ask the Attorney-General how many full-time equivalent staff are employed on consultancy contracts in the Law Officers' Departments; and if he will make a statement.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Bell Pottinger Group

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

    • Credit: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the effect on foreign nationals' personal credit ratings of their inability to join the electoral register.

      Duchy of Cornwall

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what the policy of the Government is on the (a) rights, (b) powers and (c) interests of (i) the Earl of Chester and (ii) the Duchy of Cornwall.

      Duchy of Cornwall

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the Duchy of Cornwall is a public body for the purposes of Government legislation.

      Duchy of Cornwall: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what information he holds on the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 which apply to the Duchy of Cornwall.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether (a) he, (b) another Minister in his Department and (c) a special adviser in his Department has met, discussed or corresponded on changes to electoral...

      Parliamentary Scrutiny

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many staff of his Office will be working on (a) the introduction of a public reading stage for Bills and (b) the introduction of a public reading day within a...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Servants: Pensions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of members of the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme are (a) part-time, (b) full-time, (c) male, (d) female, (e) active members and...

    • Civil Servants: Redundancy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the level of redundancy costs arising from civil service staff who left the civil service in (a) 2009-10 and (b) 2010-11;...

      Advertising: Job Vacancies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much his Department has spent on advertising job vacancies since May 2010.

      Travel: Costs

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much his Department has spent on first class travel by (a) air, (b) boat and (c) train since May 2010.

      Divorce

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) men and (b) women aged (i) between 18 and 30, (ii) between 31 and 40, (iii) between 41 and 50, (iv) between 51 and 60 and (v) over 60 years...

      Duchy of Lancaster: Estate Agents

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what fees the Duchy of Lancaster has paid to (a) Smiths Gore and (b) other land agents since 2005.

      Duchy of Lancaster: Farms

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what farms and agricultural land are held by the Duchy of Lancaster.

      Duchy of Lancaster: Farms

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which farms and agricultural holdings the Duchy of Lancaster disposed of in each year since 2005.

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will establish a Committee on the Natural Environment to advise and monitor all Government policy in terms of its impact on the natural environment.

      Government Contracts: Deloitte

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

      Natural Resources

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office from what date the Office for National Statistics plans to include natural capital in the UK Environmental Accounts.

      Skin Cancer

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the incidence of malignant melanoma is in each age group in the UK.

      Unemployment: Females

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many women were unemployed in (a) Ashfield constituency, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) England in (i) 2010 and (ii) 2011.

      Well-being

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much funding his Department has allocated to the development of the Government's happiness index.

  • Education

    • Adoption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how long on average a child spent in a prospective adoptive placement before an adoption order was granted in England in each of the last five years.

    • Carers: Grandparents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will bring forward legislation to increase the rights of grandparents to (a) have access to and (b) bring up their grandchildren; and if he will...

      Departmental Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of invoices from suppliers his Department paid within 10 days of receipt in July and August 2010.

      Freedom of Information Requests

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

      Freedom of Information Requests

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

      Head Teachers: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans his Department has to prevent underperforming head teachers from moving between schools.

      Home Education: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to strengthen (a) criminal records and (b) other checks in relation to the employment of home tutors.

  • Justice

    • Administration of Justice: Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he plans to take to maintain quality standards under the new system for the delivery of interpreter and translation services across the...

    • Applied Language Solutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what assessment his Department has made of the compliance of Applied Language Solutions with Principle 8 of Schedule 1 to the Data Protection Act...

      Approved Premises: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his most recent estimate is of the average annual cost of a place in approved premises in (a) England and (b) Wales.

      Bail Accommodation and Support Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department has issued any further guidance to BASS on the operation of accommodation beyond its original contract with his Department.

      Bell Pottinger Group

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

      Chief Coroner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the benefits of appointing a chief coroner.

      Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance his Department provides to coroners on the sale by them of coroners' recovery services to funeral directors.

      Cremation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking in respect of the disposal of cremated remains held by undertakers without instructions.

      Cremation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether his Department has plans to extend the choice available to the public on how they are buried or cremated; (2) whether he has any plans to...

      Criminal Proceedings: Translation Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what criteria will be used to decide in which tier interpreter and translation will be placed under the new system for delivery of interpreters and...

      Dangerous Dogs: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions have been brought under the provisions of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in each of the last five years; and what the estimated cost...

      Family Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he proposes to publish a response to the Family Justice Review published by David Norgrove.

      HM Courts and Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the average annual cost to the HM Courts and Tribunals Service of cases involving litigants in person; and if he will make a...

      Immigrants: Families

      UKHL 11.

      Legal Aid Scheme: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the total legal aid funding was for 2010-11 for prisoners currently serving indeterminate sentences in England and Wales for proceedings in...

      Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects to publish a revised impact assessment for Part 3 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill.

      Offensive Weapons: Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the highest number of previous convictions for possession of a bladed article was for an individual convicted of such an offence without being sent...

      Pensions: Misrepresentation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department has put in place any arrangements with EMC Advisory Services Ltd to provide advice to people who have been mis-sold endowment...

      Prisoners: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many former soldiers are resident in HMP (a) Durham, (b) Manchester, (c) Preston and (d) Lancaster.

      Sark

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make it his policy to support an application from the Isle of Sark to the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) for listing in...

      Sexual Offences: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to provide support for circles of accountability and support to extend their operations to reduce sex offending.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the funding settlement between his Department and the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission for the three years from 31 March...

    • Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) (a) how many and (b) what proportion of cases within the live and assessed caseload of the Child Support Agency are between one and three...

      Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many defaults there were in repayment of social fund crisis loans in each of the last 12 months.

      Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent pursuing the recovery of social fund crisis loans on which individuals had defaulted in the last five years.

      Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals making a third application for a social fund crisis loan within a 12 month period were required to attend a face-to-face...

      Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications for a social fund crisis loan were made by people (a) under 18, (b) between 18 and 29, (c) between 30 and 49, (d) between...

      Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applications for a Social Fund crisis loan were made by (a) women and (b) men in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost to the Exchequer of allowing the partner of a claimant in receipt of income-related employment and support...

      Pension Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants in receipt of pension credit he estimates have capital above (a) £16,000, (b) £20,000, (c) £30,000 and (d)...

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department provides guidance to people considering opting out of private and company pension plans.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has had discussions with his Israeli counterpart on pensions policy.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which benefits were uprated for financial year 2011-12 using the September 2010 Consumer Prices Index measure of inflation.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department plans to levy charges to provide a paper copy of a change notification for benefit entitlement.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether households moving on to universal credit from other benefits between October 2013 and April 2014 will receive transitional protection...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of the universal credit of an average household of two adults and two children would be withdrawn if the household has savings...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people will receive winter fuel payments in (a) Wallasey constituency, (b) the Wirral, (c) the North West, (d) England and (e) the UK...

      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 representations he has received...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 7 November 2011, Official Report, column 67W, on the Work programme, if he will assess the desirability of statutory...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will provide data in April 2013 on referrals to (a) Tier 1 and (b) Tier 2 providers by Work programme prime contractors.

  • Transport

    • Air Travel Organisers' Licence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether she plans to include in the ATOL scheme holidays sold by airlines.

    • Air Travel Organisers' Licence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will include within her Department's proposed ATOL reforms a provision that a customer would be issued an ATOL certificate notifying them when...

      Airlines: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people required repatriation from overseas as a result of the failure of an airline in the last 10 years.

      Aviation: Baggage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) from which airlines she has received representations concerning restrictions or charges on passengers for bringing duty free and travel purchases...

      Chief Scientific Adviser

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects to fill the position of chief scientific adviser in her Department.

      Consultants

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

      Departmental Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many transport-related fines her Department has settled on behalf of its staff; and at what cost in each year since 2007.

      Freedom of Information Requests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 her Department has received in each month since May 2010; how many responses given in...

      Freedom of Information Requests

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

      Public Sector: Bonuses

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

      Legal Opinion: Costs

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

      Legal Opinion: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times her Department's legal section provided legal advice to Ministers in (a) 2007, (b) 2009, (c) 2010 and (d) the first six months of 2011.

      Legal Opinion: Costs

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

      Lost Property

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

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Public Sector: Pay

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether she receives any external funding for (a) her ministerial office and (b) her advisers; and what the (i) source and (ii) amount is of any such...

      Research

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

      Public Employee Bids

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

      Secondary Legislation

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

      Security Vetting

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

      Security Vetting

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

      Security Vetting

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

      Security Vetting

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

      Telephone Helplines

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

      Internships

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

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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,...

      E-mail

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

      European Aviation Safety Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the outcomes were of the meeting of EASA's Advisory Group of National Authorities on 25 and 26 October 2011; and if she will make a statement.

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) date of purchase, (b) amount, (c) supplier and (d) level 3 or enhanced transaction entry was of each transaction undertaken by her...

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations she has received on the proposal to construct a third runway at Heathrow airport.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment has been made of the effects of High Speed 2 on levels of youth unemployment.

      Invalid Vehicles: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) deaths and (b) serious injuries involving powered (i) wheelchairs and (ii) mobility scooters have occurred on roads in each of the last...

      Invalid Vehicles: Eyesight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether she plans to impose a minimum eyesight requirement on users of (a) powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters and (b) cyclists.

      NDPBs: Manpower

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

      Piers: Redcar and Cleveland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether she has received any representations from (a) individuals and (b) organisations on funding for an additional traditional pier in Redcar and...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will instruct rail operating company Abellio to provide details of the company's discussions with Angel Trains on a reduction in the fleet...

      Railways: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of investment in selective heating of conductor rails on the rail line between Faversham and Ramsgate.

      Roads: Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the additional road and rail infrastructure required to meet demand at existing standards for the (a) upper and (b) lower...

      Roads: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions she has had with local authorities on support for their winter resilience plans.

      Transport: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what work her Department has done on bringing forward infrastructure spending during the comprehensive spending review period.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Sequestration: Longannet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will publish all documents relating to the negotiations for the withdrawn carbon capture and storage project at Longannet.

    • Civil Nuclear Constabulary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the merits of the case for amalgamating the Civil Nuclear constabulary with the Ministry of Defence...

      Cuadrilla Resources

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on what dates he has met representatives of Cuadrilla Resources since May 2010.

      Design Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what contracts his Department has awarded for design services since May 2010; and what information his Department holds on the location...

      Design Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department has spent on design in respect of (a) logos, (b) buildings, (c) advertising, (d) stationery and (e) campaigns...

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what measures he is putting in place to support new entrants into the electricity market; and if he will make a statement.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) on what date (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department last met (i) the chief executive and (ii) other representatives of (A)...

      Energy: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress his Department has made on improving the information provided in energy bills.

      Energy: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what agreements were reached on energy subsidy reform at the 2011 G20 Cannes Summit.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what criteria will be applied to determine the low income households that will be eligible for the affordable warmth element of...

      Energy: Unsolicited Goods and Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on ensuring that doorstep selling does not take place during smart meter installation; and if he will make a statement.

      Energy: Unsolicited Goods and Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with Ofgem on prohibiting the practice of doorstep selling by energy companies; and if he will make a statement.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the expenditure required on household energy efficiency in order to eradicate fuel poverty by 2016.

      Fuel Poverty: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of (a) further education and (b) higher education students living in fuel poverty.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to announce details of the qualifying criteria for the Green Deal.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will place in the Library a copy of the results of his Department's stakeholder polling on the Green Deal.

      Lighting: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has made an assessment of the risks posed by mercury vapour released from compact fluorescent lamps when broken.

      Natural Gas: Exploration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what steps his Department's chief scientific adviser (a) has taken and (b) plans to take in assessing the relationship between...

      Ofgem

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) how many times he has met the (a) chief executive and (b) chairman of Ofgem since May 2010; and on what dates such meetings took...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what his policy is on provision of a higher level feed-in tariff rate for school buildings; (2) what assessment he has made on...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what information his Department holds on feed-in tariff rates for school buildings in (a) France and (b) Italy.

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the contribution by the Minister of State for Climate Change of 31 October 2011, Official Report, columns 613-14, on...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on provision of support to businesses to meet the obligations arising from implementation of the measures in phase 1...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what consideration he has given to potential adverse weather conditions in the implementation of the measures in phase 1 of the...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the contribution by the Minister of State for Climate Change of 31 October 2011, Official Report, column 607, on feed-in...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the contribution by the Minister of State for Climate Change of 31 October 2011, Official Report, column 609, on feed-in...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what information his Department holds on (a) the rates paid, (b) the length of time the scheme operated, (c) installed capacity and (d)...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department plans to provide exceptions for (a) schools, (b) housing associations, (c) community centres and (d) community...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what savings he expects to arise from his planned changes to feed-in tariffs.

      Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how the renewable heat premium payment is to be targeted at households living in fuel poverty.

      Scottish and Southern Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has had discussions with representatives of Scottish and Southern Energy on their proposals to reform the sale of energy on...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has made an assessment of the solar industry survey published by the Renewable Energy Association and Solar Trade...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department has made of the number of UK solar companies (a) nationally, (b) in each region and (c) in each...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what meetings he has held with representatives of the UK solar industry since May 2010.

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what modelling his Department has carried out on the effect of the proposed generation tariffs for solar photovoltaic energy on the...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the contribution by the Minister of State for Climate Change of 31 October 2011, Official Report, columns 609-10, on...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he undertook an assessment of the effect on existing orders and contracts for solar photovoltaic (PV) installations when...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he undertook an assessment of the effect on investment in the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry as a result of the proposed...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what methodology his Department used to determine the reference date of 12 December 2011 for eligibility for the feed-in tariff scheme...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the contribution by the Minister of State for Climate Change of 31 October 2011, Official Report, columns 607 and 613, on...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the contribution by the Minister of State for Climate Change of 31 October 2011, Official Report, column 608, on feed-in...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the potential effect on investment in the UK solar industry of a reduction in the feed-in tariff for...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the estimated cost in the current comprehensive spending review period would be of moving the reference date for the new solar...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the merits of a reduction in solar photovoltaic feed-in tariffs of (a) 10 per cent., (b) 20 per cent.,...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effect on the income of solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing and installation companies of the...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effects on future levels in investment in the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry as a result of the...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what budget has been allocated for exemptions from the proposed implementation date for the reduced solar photovoltaic feed-in tariffs.

      Solar Power: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of photovoltaic installations which will benefit from payments for his Department have (a) involved no intermediary and...

      Solar Power: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of people employed in the solar industry; (2) whether his Department...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many wind turbines have been constructed in each year since 2005.

      Wind Power: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to implement the non-domestic permitted development rights for small wind systems.

  • Health

    • Abortion: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on access by women in Northern Ireland to NHS abortion services in the rest of the UK.

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the national health service is of treating health conditions resulting from PM10 exceedances in London in each year since 2005.

      Ambulance Services: Warrington

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the effect on ambulance response times in Warrington of the transfer of emergency patients between Warrington and...

      Arthritis: Physiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 19 October 2011, Official Report, columns 1041-2W, on physiotherapy: arthritis, what assessment he has made of the potential...

      Baby Care Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff were employed in each neonatal unit in each of the last three years.

      Baby Care Units

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the mortality rates were in each neonatal unit in each of the last three years.

      Bell Pottinger Group

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

      Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust: Neurology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will conduct a review of neurosurgery at the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust; and if he will make a statement.

      Cannabis: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has established any link between use of skunk cannabis and admissions to acute mental health services; and if he will make a statement.

      Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) on what basis the budget allocations to shadow clinical commissioning groups were calculated for (a) commissioning services and (b) running costs in...

      Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the likely extent of (a) over- and (b) under-spending by NHS commissioners in 2011-12.

      Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the additional administrative costs for NHS commissioners in areas with poor health; (2) what methodology his...

      Dental Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with representatives of dentists on NHS dental treatment.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the correction to the answer of 25 October 2011, Official Report, column 192-3W, on departmental management consultants, how many NHS bodies...

      Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps his Department has taken to promote equality of opportunity for its employees.

      Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many flags his Department (a) owns and (b) maintains; and at what annual cost to the public purse.

      Departmental Website

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many unique hits his Department's website received in each of the last 12 months.

      Departmental Website

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what social media his Department uses.

      Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people aged over (a) 55 and (b) 65 his Department employs.

      Press Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many press releases his Department has issued in the last 12 months.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to standardise the procedure for referral to specialist care for those admitted to emergency care following episodes of...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make an assessment of the level of implementation by primary care trusts of National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidance on...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve access to specialist healthcare support for diabetics in care homes; and if he will make a statement. [R]

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to encourage the recruitment of diabetes-specialist nurses in primary care settings. [R]

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to encourage the provision of lifestyle management techniques education to (a) those with diabetes and (b) those at...

      Diabetes: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make an assessment of the effect on (a) in-patient admission times and (b) costs to the NHS of introducing diabetes inpatient specialist nurse...

      Diabetes: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that secondary care staff are trained in the appropriate discharge procedures for patients with diabetes and that such...

      Diabetes: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many specialist nurses in diabetes mellitus there are; and how much was spent on their salaries and associated costs in the latest period for which...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many officials in his Department have been disciplined for misconduct related to drug use in the last 12 months.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's policy is on mandatory drug testing of its employees.

      Health Services: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many unplanned hospital admissions for people aged 65 years and over there were, broken down by (a) local authority and (b) NHS commissioner in each...

      Health Services: Overseas Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list each payment due from EU countries and Switzerland to the UK for NHS treatment for their nationals made in each financial year from...

      Health Services: Overseas Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost to the public purse has been of interest payments owed to other European Economic Area member states and Switzerland for outstanding...

      Health Services: Overseas Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department gives to GP practices on the registration of people who are not ordinarily resident in the UK.

      Heart Diseases: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the merits of introducing a new national service framework for cardiac services; (2) what assessment he made of the...

      HIV Infection: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the availability of HIV/AIDS treatments.

      Hospitals: Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of redundancies of consultants in each of the next three years.

      Hospitals: Hygiene

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) letters and (b) emails on antibiotic-resistant bacteria in hospitals he has received in the last 12 months.

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been issued with the influenza vaccine by the NHS in 2011 to date.

      Injuries: Dog Attacks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were admitted to hospital for injuries caused by dog attacks in each strategic health authority area since June 2010; and what the...

      Mental Health Services: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of former armed forces personnel who have experienced mental health problems in each of the last 10 years .

      Mental Health Services: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding is available for community groups to assist veterans with mental health problems.

      NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the clinical effect of disruption of existing joint working arrangements between NHS trusts when establishing new clinical...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of primary care trusts (PCTs) progress towards target shares of resources under the weighted capitation formula; and...

      NHS: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS public health staff were in post in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) nurses have been downbanded and (b) hospitals have downgraded staff in the last 12 months.

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of members of the NHS Pension Scheme are (a) part-time, (b) full-time, (c) male, (d) female, (e) active members and (f) deferred...

      NHS: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect projected levels of NHS funding will have on (a) waiting lists and (b) provision of expensive treatment options.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will restore the role of state-enrolled nurses.

      Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will order a review of the training of nurses.

      Obesity: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of progress with the Government's obesity strategy; what assessment he has made of likely progress by 2013; and if he will...

      Organ: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to encourage elderly people to volunteer as organ donors.

      Palliative Care: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding has been allocated to his Department’s end-of-life care strategy after 2011; and what proportion of such funding has been...

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people bought a prescription prepay certificate in each of the last 12 months.

      Prosthetics: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on the adequacy of the prosthetics services for veterans.

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) with reference to the radiotherapy dataset annual report, whether he plans to reallocate radiotherapy resources to those parts of the country...

      Red Cross

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with the Red Cross regarding joint projects.

      Sickle Cell Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) letters and (b) emails his Department has received on the subject of sickle cell anaemia in the last 12 months.

      Skin Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his assessment is of likely changes in the incidence of malignant melanoma over the next 20 years.

      Skin Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to his Department's strategy ‘Improving Outcomes: A Strategy for Cancer’, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on smoking cessation.

      Sport: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to encourage uptake of sport in schools to assist in prevention of lifestyle diseases.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many (a) men and (b) women enrolled on apprenticeships in (i) information and communication technology, (ii)...

    • Biology: Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of first degree biological sciences graduates were in graduate-level employment or graduate-level training one...

      Chief Scientific Adviser

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects to fill the position of chief scientific adviser in his Department.

      Departmental Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 7 November 2011, Official Report, column 104W, on departmental data protection, if he will name the (a)...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many contracts his Department has awarded directly to third sector organisations in each month since May 2010; what the value...

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many contracts his Department has awarded directly to (a) small, (b) medium-sized and (c) large businesses in each month...

      Secondary Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) statutory instruments, (b) ministerial orders and (c) other pieces of secondary legislation were issued by his...

      Departmental Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 8 November 2011, Official Report, columns 301-02W, on departmental secondment, who the senior...

      Written Questions

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

      Devolution: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what Barnett consequentials were paid to the Welsh Government as a result of the Regional Growth Fund in each of the three years...

      Environment Protection

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

      Export Credits Guarantees: Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills for which projects concerning Libya the Export Credits Guarantee Department extended cover from January 2004 to date; what the...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many UCAS applications have been submitted by residents of (a) Wallasey constituency, (b) the Wirral, (c) the North West...

      Higher Education: Ethnic Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people from black and minority ethnic groups in Birmingham, Ladywood constituency applied to university for entry in (a)...

      Higher Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the policy priorities set out in his 2010 grant letter to the Higher Education Funding Council for England,...

      Higher Education: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 5 September 2011, Official Report, column 330W, on higher education: private sector, if he will seek...

      HM Revenue and Customs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with (a) HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) officials and (b) trade union representatives on the possible...

      Lip-reading

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to reclassify lip-reading as an essential skill for the purposes of skills funding.

      Office for Life Sciences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many times he has met the Secretary of State for Health to discuss the Office for Life Sciences in the last 12 months.

      Overseas Trade: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the proposal contained in the British Chambers of Commerce's Autumn Statement letter to the...

      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, how much of the reduction in...

      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 steps he is taking to...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what effect requiring higher paid graduates to continue payments to the Student Loans Company for two years after they have paid...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse arising from unpaid student loans due to individuals (a) emigrating and...

      Students: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) businesses and (b) other organisations he expects to sponsor university places outside the quota system in the...

  • International Development

    • Bell Pottinger Group

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

    • Burma: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will increase funding provided by his Department for assistance to refugees and internally displaced peoples along the...

      Burma: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the level of (a) need and (b) funding for assistance to refugees and internally displaced peoples...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of his Department’s aid budget was allocated to the Democratic Republic of Congo in each of the last 10 years.

      Design Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what contracts his Department has awarded for design services since May 2010; and what information his Department holds on the location...

      Design Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has spent on design in respect of (a) logos, (b) buildings, (c) advertising, (d) stationery and (e) campaigns...

      Parliamentary Questions

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

      Written Questions

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

      Developing Countries: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when his Department will make public its (a) current and (b) future strategies on funding for research and development into prevention,...

      Developing Countries: Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development pursuant to the answers of 6 July 2011, Official Report, columns 1264-65W, and 17 October 2011, Official Report, column 578W, on...

      Israel: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he has had discussions with his Israeli counterpart on international co-operation in agricultural technology for farming in...

      South Sudan: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much aid the UK has committed to South Sudan; and if he will make a statement.

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he (a) has taken and (b) is planning to take to implement the priorities for his Department set out in the Building...

  • Treasury

    • Child Care Vouchers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what the cost to the public purse was of the child care voucher scheme in the last 12 months for which figures are available; (2) how much he expects...

    • Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families are in receipt of the family element of the child tax credit in (a) England, (b) the south east and (c) Dartford constituency.

      Child Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many families received child tax credits in (a) Wallasey constituency, (b) the Wirral, (c) the north-west, (d) England and (e) the UK in (i) 2011-12 and...

      Duchy of Cornwall

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department classifies the activities of the Duchy of Cornwall as (a) those of a private estate, (b) those of a public authority, (c) those of a...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent progress has been made on payments under the Government's compensation scheme to Equitable Life policy holders living in Sheffield.

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many offer letters were sent by the Equitable Life Payment Scheme in each month during the operation of the scheme.

      European Union

      To ask the. Chancellor of the Exchequer how many ministerial-level meetings have been held in his Department as part of the Government’s examination of the balance of existing EU competences.

      Financial Services: Complaints

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many complaints were made to the Financial Ombudsman Service in relation to life insurance policies in each year between 1997 and 2005; and how...

      Industry: Production

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the most recent industrial production figures published by the Office for National Statistics; and what assessment he has...

      Interest Rates

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration he has given to altering the 5% surcharge rate introduced by the Finance Act 1970 due to current rates of interest.

      International Monetary Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what contributions were made to the International Monetary Fund in each year from 1997 to 2011.

      Mobile Phones: Aerials

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will allocate part of the recently announced £150 million funding for infrastructure projects to improving mobile phone coverage.

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the proportion of small businesses using payroll software from providers with whom he is discussing upgrading their products for...

      Pensions: Misrepresentation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will take steps to assist individuals who have been mis-sold mortgage endowment policies to achieve legal redress for their losses; (2) whether...

      Pensions: Misrepresentation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the number of people who have experienced a shortfall in their endowment policies sold by solicitors in Scotland since the...

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate expenditure on public sector pensions if no changes were introduced in each year from 2010-11 to 2015-16.

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the potential effects of planned changes to public sector pensions on part-time workers earning less than £15,000 per annum.

      Stamp Duty Land Tax: Public Houses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has any plans to review the level of stamp duty payable on (a) new leases and (b) renewal of leases for public houses.

      Taxation: Environment Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the possible effect on (a) electricity intensive businesses and (b) corporation tax revenue of an increase in the carbon...

      Taxation: Environment Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the proportion of taxation gathered from environmental taxes in (a) 2010-11 and (b) each financial year to April 2015.

      Taxation: Football

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the likely cost to grassroots sports clubs of HM Revenue and Customs' decision to change the tax status of small-sided football...

      Unpaid Taxes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will offer assistance to people affected by his decision to alter the time limit to reclaim the arrears payments of tax; (2) whether HM Revenue...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households will have a reduction in their entitlement as a result of his proposal to increase the hours requirement for working tax credit for...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Bahrain: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Bahrain concerning sentences imposed on doctors and nurses who provided...

    • Bosnia and Herzegovina: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Peace Implementation Council Steering Board.

      Bosnia and Herzegovina: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the potential for inter-ethnic conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

      British Overseas Territories: Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Overseas Territories White Paper will include a target to halt overall loss of biodiversity by 2020 in all British...

      Central America

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many officials of his Department are stationed in countries of the System of Central American Integration.

      Central America: Storms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance his Department is giving to British nationals adversely affected by the recent tropical depression in Central...

      China: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Chinese Government on its recent actions against independent political activists wishing...

      Cluster Munitions: International Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to (a) strengthen the Convention on Cluster Munitions and (b) encourage other countries to eliminate the use...

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 7 November 2011, Official Report, column 69W, on departmental assets, if he will list each such...

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received of the implications of the proposed European Stability Mechanism for (a) the rule of...

      Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what procedure is in place to notify him of meetings between other Cabinet Ministers and representatives of foreign governments.

      Kenya: Kidnapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what communications he has had with the Kenyan government and the transitional federal government of Somalia relating to the...

      Libya: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Libyan Transitional National Council on the safety and security of sub-Saharan African...

      Nicaragua

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to visit Nicaragua.

      Nicaragua: Storms

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his counterpart in Nicaragua on the recent tropical depression affecting that country.

      Somalia: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the humanitarian effect of the recent Kenyan military incursion into Somalia; and what steps he...

      Sudan: Foreign Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what meetings his Department has had with (a) external organisations and (b) commercial companies on investment in Sudan.

      Tony Buckingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what dates Tony Buckingham visited his Department since April 2010.

      Turkey: EU Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the issue of Turkish recognition of the Armenian Genocide of 1915 will be a consideration in the Government's policy in...

      Turks and Caicos Islands: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) arrests and (b) criminal prosecutions have been initiated by the Turks and Caicos Islands’ Special...

      Turks and Caicos Islands: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the (a) status and (b) progress of proceedings by the Turks and Caicos Islands Special...

      Turks and Caicos Islands: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost to the public purse in (a) the Turks and Caicos Islands and (b) the UK has been of the Turks and Caicos Special...

      Turks and Caicos Islands: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost has been of the civil recovery activities of the (a) solicitors and (b) counsel appointed by the Turks and Caicos...

      Turks and Caicos Islands: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the (a) status and (b) progress of the civil recovery programme in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

      Yemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he (a) has taken and (b) is planning to take to implement the priorities for his Department set out in the Building...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Building Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects to announce the results of his review of Part P of the building regulations.

    • Building Regulations: Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has for minimum water efficiency standards in future revisions of the Building Regulations.

      Domestic Waste: Waste Collection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government from which budget the £250 million of funding identified to support councils to deliver weekly collections of household...

      Economic Growth: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he plans to take following the publication of the report on growth opportunities in Liverpool.

      Energy Performance Certificates: Holiday Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether holiday lets are exempt from the need to have energy performance certificates when they are rented out (a) for less than...

      Enterprise Zones: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on establishing enterprise zones in Scotland.

      Fair Communities Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much and what proportion of the funding for the Fair Communities scheme has been spent since the start of the comprehensive...

      Fire Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he expects to notify fire authorities of their budget allocation for 2013-15.

      Homelessness: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of former armed service personnel who became homeless in each of the last 10 years.

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to encourage parish councils to seek support from outside agencies to help deliver local...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships: Wiltshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will estimate the level of inward investment to Swindon arising from the creation of the Swindon and Wiltshire Local...

      Local Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what basis his Department's new Communities and Local Government localities have been determined; and how many people live in...

      Local Government: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what data on (a) renewable energy, (b) greenhouse gas emissions, (c) air quality and (d) conservation and biodiversity...

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the proportion of members of the local government pension schemes who are (a) part-time, (b)...

      Mayors: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has considered giving a wider regional role to any directly elected Mayor for Liverpool.

      Multiple Occupation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what discussions he has had with landlord organisations on the effect on article 4 directions specific to houses in...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what weight he will place on the representations from the Environment Agency on the National Planning Policy Framework in (a)...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to publish (a) the summary of consultation responses and (b) his response to the consultation on the draft...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will propose amendments to the Localism Bill to introduce a third party right of appeal in the planning system.

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions his Department has had with leaders of local authorities on the implications of the draft National...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when his Department plans to publish its response to the draft National Planning Policy Framework Consultation.

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many responses his Department received to its consultation on the draft National Planning Policy Framework.

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the effect of the draft...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he made of the number of residents interested in producing local and neighbourhood plans prior to the publication...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he made of the average cost of producing a local and neighbourhood plan.

      Planning: Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government by what means his Department plans to monitor the use by local authorities of the planning system to protect biodiversity.

      Property Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his policy is on owners who have undertaken unauthorised developments to a property then carrying out permitted...

      Regeneration: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his policy is on funding (a) all or (b) some of the projects included in the regeneration strategy for the Liverpool City...

      Regeneration: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the total cost is of the projects contained in the regeneration strategy for the Liverpool City Region published by Lord...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of houses that have been approved for development through the...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what definition of sustainable development his Department uses.

  • House of Lords

    • Adventure Activities Licensing Authority

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many times the Health and Safety Executive has re-tendered the contract for the Adventurous Activities Licensing Authority since the authority's creation in 1996.

    • Bank of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 26 October (WA 154), whether HM Treasury has asked the Bank of England why it did not purchase eligible private...

      Banking: European Central Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the most recent announcements from the European Union and others on resolving the European financial crisis will lead to any increase in the United...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, for the latest period of 12 months for which they possess the information, how many claims for child benefit took more than three months to determine; how many...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, for the latest period of 12 months for which they possess the information, what were the main reasons for claims for child benefit taking longer than three months...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, for the latest period of 12 months for which they possess the information, how many claimants with mental health conditions had their employment and support...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the fairness and efficacy of the eight week extension for child benefit when the main carer for a child changes; and what are the...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which ten local authority areas in Wales have the highest number of people in receipt of social security payments; and which 10 have the highest percentage of the...

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much aid will be provided for cross-border assistance in Burma in the current financial year.

      Child Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which 20 parliamentary constituencies in the United Kingdom have the highest levels of child poverty. To ask Her Majesty's Government which 20 parliamentary...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in view of the fact that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) is classified by the World Health Organisation's mandatory International...

      Development Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much development aid they have given to (a) British non-governmental organisations, and (b) indigenous and in-country non-governmental organisations in the...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 31 October (WA 199), whether research licence R0122 specifically permitted bringing about the creation of human...

      Energy: Nuclear Waste

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they consider that Eskdale granite is a suitable host rock for a high-level nuclear waste repository.

      EU: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the additional powers to be given to Commissioner Olli Rehn to supervise national fiscal policies, designed to centralise economic governance powers in...

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how long, on average, is the time taken for the Financial Services Authority to approve a non-executive director appointment for an authorised firm (a) between the...

      Gendercide

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they make prior assessments of the levels of gendercide involving female babies in countries to which they propose to make foreign aid available.

      Genetically Modified Organisms

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

      Gypsies and Travellers: Dale Farm

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hanham on 21 October (WA 108), what discussions they have had with Basildon District Council regarding the clear-up...

      Health and Social Care Bill [HL]

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what effect the Health and Social Care Bill will have on the provision of NHS services in Northern Ireland.

      Homelessness

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the report Battered, broken, bereft: Why people still end up sleeping rough published by St Mungo's; and what are their plans to reduce...

      House of Lords: Fire Safety

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what fire detection and extinguishing measures are currently in place in the House of Lords.

      House of Lords: Staff

      To ask the Chairman of Committees, further to the Written Answer of 26 October (WA 158) concerning the total cost of staff in the House of Lords, why the cost of staff has increased by 50 per...

      Houses of Parliament: Legislation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what basis they decide which bills should be submitted for the Prince of Wales's or Queen's consent.

      Houses of Parliament: Legislation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which Bills in the past five years they have submitted for the Prince of Wales's or Queen's consent, or both; and, in each case, what was the prerogative or...

      Houses of Parliament: Legislation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any Bill in the past five years has been altered as a result of comments from the Prince of Wales or the Queen; and in what way.

      Houses of Parliament: Legislation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will, in future, publish all correspondence between Ministers and the Prince of Wales and the Queen in connection with Bills for which their consent...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of the population in each of the London Boroughs and the City of London have owned their home in each year from 1990 to the last year for which...

      Housing: Fire Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to introduce in England fire safety provisions similar to those brought in by the Welsh Government for newly-built housing in Wales.

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the Eminent Persons Group's report on human rights in the Commonwealth.

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Shutt of Greetland on 31 October (WA 193) concerning the Irish Human Rights Commission, on what basis they consider that the...

      International Development

      To ask Her Majesty's Government by what national and international standards they intend to measure the transparency, accountability and effectiveness of their international development programme...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of hate education within Palestinian Authority schools; and what action they intend to take as a result.

      Northern Ireland Office: Budget

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Shutt of Greetland on 6 June (WA 51), what measures the Northern Ireland Office has introduced to reduce its baseline budget...

      Northern Ireland Office: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Shutt of Greetland on 6 June (WA 51) and 7 July (WA 105-6) concerning staffing in the Northern Ireland Office, on what date...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 10 October (WA 217), whether they will review the current position whereby HM Treasury has overall responsibility...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 1 November (WA 249), whether they will publish (a) details of the new pensioner registration arrangement for...

      Planning: National Planning Policy Framework

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish an analysis of the responses to the consultation on the draft National Planning Policy Framework showing, inter alia, how much support...

      Population

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to promote a limit on the growth of the world's population; and what discussions they have had within the European Union and the United...

      Ports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Homes and Communities Agency, its predecessors, or the European Commission conducted any financial review into the performance of the port of Great...

      Public Disorder

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to identify neighbourhoods with a high risk of social disturbances similar to those which occurred in August 2011; and what measures...

      Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will be making a voluntary contribution to the Diamond Jubilee Trust established by the Commonwealth Heads of Government; and, if so, how much they...

      State Recognition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they take the view of the United Nations Security Council in all cases when considering whether to recognise a state.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the International Crisis Group's call for a new international framework to succeed the peace agreement in Sudan, and for new partners to...

      Taxation: Isle of Man

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they are giving to the Government of the Isle of Man in aligning their business tax system with the European Union Code of Conduct for Business Taxation.

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Turkey about the arrest and detention of Ragip Zarakolu and others, who have been imprisoned in Turkey...

      Zimbabwe

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have had discussions with the Government of South Africa concerning the rendition of Zimbabwean nationals who seek asylum in South Africa; and what...

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