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Written answers

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

  • Wales

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what her most recent assessment is of access to broadband in Wales.

    • Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions she has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on the removal of its subsidy of biomass for electricity.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many times her Department's legal section has provided legal advice to Ministers since May 2010.

      World War I

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

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Audit Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 9 November 2011, Official Report, columns 330-1W, on Audit Commission, if he will publish the...

    • Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to ensure local authorities have access to HMRC real time PAYE data to calculate residents' monthly council tax...

      Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has to reimburse local authorities for the costs of administering localised council tax benefit schemes.

      Empty Property: Bolton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many vacant homes there are in Bolton.

      Fire Services: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he has had discussions with the Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety in Northern Ireland on the effect of...

      Gurkhas: Aldershot

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions (a) he and (b) his Department have had with Rushmoor Borough Council on funding to help Gurkha immigrants...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has to balance an increase in supply of new housing with measures to stabilise demand.

      Local Government Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much his Department allocated in area based grant to local authorities in England in each of the financial years between (a)...

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of active members of the Local Government Pension Scheme earning less than £15,000 per year (a) are female...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) if he will publish any advice provided by his officials to the national planning policy framework Practitioners' Advisory...

      Planning Permission: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what mechanisms are in place to enable local communities to appeal when planning permission is granted for developments they oppose.

      Planning Permission: Bolton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planning enforcement notices were issued in the borough of Bolton in each of the last five years.

      Regeneration: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to support regeneration in (a) Peterborough City Council area and (b) Cambridgeshire; and if he will...

      Sleeping Rough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 9 November 2011, Official Report, column 337W, on sleeping rough, if he will publish the methodology...

      Waste Disposal: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the statutory basis is for the ability of local authorities to charge householders (a) to remove green or garden waste from...

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment his Department has made of the merits of the introduction of a statutory requirement to include non-potable...

  • Treasury

    • Sir Andrew Cahn

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what (a) dates and (b) occasions he has (i) met, (ii) spoken to or (iii) corresponded with Sir Andrew Cahn since he ceased to hold the position of Chief...

    • Banking: Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the level of bank lending to small and medium-sized enterprises in 2011.

      Biofuels: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will consider implementing fiscal measures to promote the development of the sustainable biodiesel industry in Wales.

      Capital Investment: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how he plans to encourage growth in Northern Ireland through capital expenditure projects.

      Carbon Reduction Commitment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much money had been returned to UK businesses under the Carbon Reduction Commitment between its inception and the date of the March 2011 Budget.

      Devolution: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with (a) Northern Ireland representatives and (b) the Northern Ireland Executive on the 2011 Pre-Budget Report.

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what timetable he has set for HM Revenue and Customs to report its findings on its internal review of policy on the use of rebated fuel in agricultural vehicles.

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of rebate schemes which provide a refund to new-car buyers for purchasing low-emission cars funded by taxes...

      Loans: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether factors other than application of the Barnett formula were used to determine the Northern Ireland block grant announced in October 2011.

      Money Advice Service: Standards

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the performance of the Money Advice Service to date against the objectives of its 2011-12 Business Plan.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his latest estimate is of identifiable public expenditure per head of population in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland.

      Revenue and Customs: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Chief Executive of HM Revenue and Customs will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall North of 12 October 2011, in respect of a...

      VAT: Overpayments

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases of overpaid VAT by a third party not recovered by HM Revenue and Customs were (a) taken to the small claims court and (b) successfully...

      VAT: Prescriptions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received on the inability of NHS trusts to recover VAT on prescriptions issued in hospitals compared to the ability of...

      VAT: Tax Rates and Bands

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the potential effects on the Northern Ireland economy of a temporary cut in VAT of 2.5 per cent.

  • Prime Minister

    • Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he or any of his officials have met (a) Mr Michael Hintze, (b) Mr Tony Buckingham, (c) Mr Michael Davis, (d) Mr Poju Zabludowicz, (e) Mr Jon Moulton and (f) Mr...

    • Bell Pottinger Group

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

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Prime Minister when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Liverpool, Walton of 27 October 2011.

      News International

      To ask the Prime Minister what meetings (a) he, (b) civil servants in his Office and (c) special advisers in his Office have had with representatives of News International; and whether the BBC...

      Sir Andrew Cahn

      To ask the Prime Minister on what (a) dates and (b) occasions he has (i) met, (ii) spoken to and (iii) corresponded with Sir Andrew Cahn since he ceased to hold the position of chief executive of...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Advisers: Regional

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what proportion of the membership of his Department's experts and external advisers comes from each of the (a) nations and (b)...

    • Architecture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the role of architecture in the formation of cultural quarters in cities.

      Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment his Department has made of the effects of the (a) Baltic Gallery for Contemporary Art, (b) Bristol...

      Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment his Department has made of the future requirement for independent business involvement in the creative industries.

      Arts Council England: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what funding Arts Council England has allocated to each voluntary or third sector organisation in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12;...

      BBC

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether the (a) BBC and (b) BBC Trust discussed with him the BBC's proposal to replace references to BC and AD to Common Era...

      Betting Shops: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many betting shop premises are licensed in each local authority in Wales; and how many such licences are active.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many miles of empty pipe his Department has required water companies to lay in preparation for future broadband fibre...

      Broadband: Cumbria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what factors Broadband Delivery UK take into account in the allocation of funding for rural broadband to (a) Cumbria, (b)...

      Broadband: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps he plans to take to increase 3G mobile broadband coverage in Northern Ireland to levels similar to the rest of the UK.

      Broadband: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment has been made of the likely effect on levels of mobile broadband coverage in Northern Ireland following the 4G...

      Design Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what contracts his Department has awarded for design services since May 2010; and what information his Department holds on the...

      English Heritage: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what funding English Heritage has allocated to each voluntary or third sector organisation in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and...

      Gun Quarter

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what representations he has received on the area of Birmingham known as the Gun Quarter being changed to St Chads and St Georges.

      Olympic Delivery Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much the Olympic Delivery Authority has spent on (a) polling and (b) focus groups in the last two years.

      Olympic Delivery Authority: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much was paid in bonuses to (a) directors, (b) senior managers, (c) specialist and delivery managers and (d) executive...

      Olympic Games 2012: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much (a) his Department and (b) the Government Olympic Executive spent on newspaper advertising in each publication in the...

      Olympic Games 2012: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what bonuses have been paid to (a) consultants and (b) contractors working on the Olympic Park construction project since (i)...

      Sport England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment Sport England is undertaking of the whole sport plan of each national governing body of sport in terms of...

      Sport England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) how Sport England will hold each national governing body of sport accountable for increasing grass-roots participation...

      Sports: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps he plans to take to ensure that local authorities apply the same criteria for School Games to identify children to...

      Sports: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport which schools are eligible to participate in School Games; how they will be funded by his Department; and if he will make a...

      Sports: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport which sports will be included in School Games competitions; and if he will make a statement.

      Telecommunications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport for what reasons telecoms providers are permitted to charge the same line rental for customers across the UK despite varying...

      Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent estimate he has made of the economic value of the non-public service elements of the commercial television...

      VisitBritain: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what funding Visit Britain has allocated to each voluntary or third sector organisation in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and if...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Armed Forces: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department regards the mobilisation of child soldiers as falling within the definition of violent crime in the...

    • Arms Trade: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his priorities are for the review of the EU Common Position on common rules governing control of exports of military...

      Arms Trade: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will consider including messages of support for the arms trade treaty in the core script for overseas ministerial engagements.

      Arms Trade: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the likelihood of Ambassador Moritan’s most recent paper on the Arms Trade treaty being...

      Bosnia and Herzegovina: EU Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on Bosnia's bid for EU membership; and if he will make a statement.

      Bosnia and Herzegovina: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the threat of terrorist attacks in Bosnia by groups influenced by Wahhabist ideology.

      British Nationals Abroad: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many UK nationals are serving custodial sentences in (a) EU member states and (b) non-EU states.

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of bilateral relations with Democratic Republic of Congo; and if he will make a statement.

      Human Rights: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress the Government has made on ensuring that the UN Protect, Respect and Remedy Framework for Business and Human...

      Libya: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of living conditions for Libyans in refugee camps.

      Libya: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Westminster Foundation for Democracy about providing election and campaigning training and...

      Macedonia: EU Enlargement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on Macedonia's bid for EU membership; and if he will make a statement.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he plans to respond to the letters from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of 26 September and 23 August 2011...

      Somalia: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to work with the international community to remove administrative and political restrictions on the...

  • Home Department

    • All Wales School Liaison Core Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding her Department plans to provide to the All Wales School Liaison Core Programme in (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13 and (c) 2013-14.

    • Asylum: Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to review her policy on Libyan refugees who wish to settle in the UK.

      British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether she plans to make changes to the Life in the UK citizenship test; and what the timetable for any such changes will be; (2) who...

      Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were convicted of (a) violent crime offences and (b) serious violent crime in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside,...

      Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were victims of stalking or harassment in England and Wales in each of the last five years.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to respond to the letter of 4 August 2011 and email of 12 September 2011 from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay...

      Metropolitan Police Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police staff employed by the Metropolitan Police Service subsequently took employment with a security company in England and Wales...

      Offenders: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many police force areas arrestees are routinely asked whether they have served in the armed forces; and whether they are directed to...

      Police Community Support Officers: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers have been employed in police forces in Wales at each payband in (a) 2007, (b) 2009 and (c) 2011.

      Police: Forensic Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time taken is for the police to receive a toxicology report in cases of a death in suspicious or unknown circumstances.

      Police: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of a police officer's pensionable pay is deducted in pension contributions.

      Police: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers have retired or been made redundant in police forces in Wales since 2010.

      Police: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will assess the effect on crime of the restriction of the working hours of scene of crime officers.

      Primates: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many non-human primates were imported into the UK for the purposes of scientific research in each of the last three years.

      Rape

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she has taken to implement recommendation 22 of Baroness Stern's review on rape complaints since February 2011.

      Sexual Offences: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people convicted for sexual offences were barred from working with children in each year since 2005.

      Southern Investigations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information her Department holds on whether any (a) serving and (b) former police officers have worked in any capacity for the company...

      Stalking

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of good practice in respect of tackling stalking by police forces (a) nationwide and (b) in other EU member states.

  • Transport

    • Air Travel Organisers’ Licence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether her Department has made an assessment of the potential effects on competition in the provision of travel services arising from her proposed...

    • Aviation: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what meetings (a) Ministers and (b) senior officials in her Department have had with (i) airport operators and (ii) airline companies at which border...

      Aviation: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department is taking to raise awareness amongst travellers of their rights when flights are cancelled due to winter weather.

      Aviation: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether her Department's Sustainable Aviation Policy Framework will promote competition and choice to improve the passenger experience.

      Bus Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Government's response to the Transport Committee's Eighth Report of Session 2010-12, Bus services after the Spending Review, published...

      Design Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what contracts her Department has awarded for design services since May 2010; and what information her Department holds on the location of such...

      Departmental Pay

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

      Disability Aids: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the merits of introducing a minimum eyesight requirement for (a) users of powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters and...

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she has taken to increase competition in the provision of identity photographs for driving licences and passports.

      Driving: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many notifications of attendance on a detoxification programme the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency has received from driving licence holders in...

      Emergencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many full-time equivalent staff work on the transport workstream of the Capabilities Programme; and what the staffing level was in each of...

      Halton Curve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions she has had with local authorities in Cheshire in respect of the Halton Curve.

      Halton Curve

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment she has had made of the viability of the Halton Curve.

      Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which agencies will be responsible for monitoring the trial of longer semi-trailers for heavy goods vehicles; and if regular updates will be published.

      Large Goods Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether she has made an assessment of the safety implications for cyclists of the trial of longer semi-trailers for heavy goods vehicles.

      Motorways: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent analysis her Department conducted of any potential change in the level of (a) fatalities, (b) serious injuries, (c) slight injuries and (d)...

      Parking: Westminster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions (a) she, (b) her Ministers and (c) officials in her Department have had with Westminster council on parking changes; and if she will...

      Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans her Department has to review the 2002 Project Appraisal Framework for Ports.

      Ports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the Government's response to the Transport Committee's Fifth Report of Session 2009-10, on the Proposal for a National Policy Statement on...

      Railways: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of future overcrowding levels on the Greater Anglia rail franchise when Abellio becomes the franchise holder.

      Railways: Shrewsbury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has to ensure greater funding for development and modernisation of Shrewsbury railway station.

      Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she has had with (a) the National Union of Journalists and (b) proprietors of local newspapers on her proposals to amend guidelines...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many road traffic accidents have occurred at Junction 2 of the M54 since December 2010.

      Speed Limits: Association of Chief Police Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the guidance issued by Association of Chief Police Officers that 20 mph limits and zones should not routinely be...

      Thameslink Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects to announce the award of the Thameslink rolling stock contract. [R]

      Transport: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the administrative cost was of each passenger transport executive in 2010-11.

      Transport: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what extra funding she has made available in respect of winter resilience of the transport system; (2) what steps her Department has taken to...

      Vehicle and Operator Services Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the budget of the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency is in each year of the current spending review period; and what its budget was in each of...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Atos Healthcare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to include Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis in the list of continuing media education topics available to Atos professionals.

    • Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the outcome is of the review by the Major Projects Authority of the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission's major change programme...

      Child Support Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many cases are being dealt with by the Child Support Agency where there is no current assessment but where there are arrears of less...

      Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases are being dealt with by the Child Support Agency where there is no current assessment but where there are arrears to be...

      Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of cases within the live and assessed caseload of the Child Support Agency are under one year old.

      Disability Living Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children with autism were refused the mobility component of disability living allowance in the latest period for which figures are...

      Learning Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department is taking to increase the level of employment among people with learning disabilities.

      Mobility

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with (a) local authorities and (b) representatives of state-funded care providers on overlap of personal mobility...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether people with autism will be expected to undergo a face-to-face assessment process during an application for the personal independence...

      Personal Independence Payment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will amend the draft criteria and descriptions for the personal independence payment to reflect barriers to participation and independence.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what reporting mechanism he plans to use for the results of the direct payment pilots for universal credit; (2) when he plans to...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people in (a) England, (b) Swindon borough and (c) Swindon North constituency who will receive the...

  • Defence

    • Adam Werritty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether Adam Werritty was present during any meeting where the Trident replacement programme was discussed.

    • Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will estimate the total annual wage cost for service personnel from the 39 Engineer Regiment (Air Support) after it includes 34 Field...

      Armed Forces: Housing

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

      Armed Forces: North Yorkshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the military establishment will be in Thirsk, Melton and Filey in the next five years.

      Armed Forces: Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many four-star officers were appointed in the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force in each year since 2000; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he has taken to ensure that UK-supported military training in (a) Ethiopia, (b) Uruguay and (c) Ukraine does not include training of children...

      Awe

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether he expects development of a new systems engineering facility at the Atomic Weapons Establishment to go ahead; (2) what his most recent...

      BAE Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the oral answer to the hon. Member for Hyndburn of 14 November 2011, Official Report, column 574, and to the answer from the Chancellor of...

      Building Stability Overseas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to his Department's Building Stability Overseas strategy, which countries his Department has identified as priorities for early warning...

      HMS Poseidon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer of 24 June 2009, Official Report, columns 967-8W, on HMS Poseidon, what information his Department holds on the...

      Met Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the capital receipts arising from the transfer of the Met...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many qualified fast jet pilots were available for active service at each year end since 2008.

      Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much it will cost to convert (a) RAF Cottesmore and (b) RAF Kinloss into Army bases; and how long each such conversion will take.

      Military Bases: Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date officials from his Department most recently visited the site where radiation tests are being carried out at Dalgety bay.

      Trident

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Trident nuclear weapon system and its successor was discussed by his predecessor in Washington (a) between 21 and 22 September 2010, (b)...

      World War II: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has found evidence in the archives of the HD Committee that awarding an official campaign star or clasp for the Arctic convoys was...

  • International Development

    • Argentina

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he has any plans to visit Argentina in an official capacity.

    • Argentina: EU Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his policy is on the provision of aid to Argentina by the EU.

      Argentina: World Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his policy is on the US Administration's decision to oppose new World Bank loans to Argentina.

      Burundi: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to ensure that withdrawal of funding to Burundi is managed in a way which does not negatively...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with (a) diaspora communities, (b) faith groups and (c) civil society groups on the holding of elections in...

      Democratic Republic of Congo: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support his Department is providing to the holding of elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

      Equal Opportunities

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

      Flags

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

      Judicial Review

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

      Developing Countries: Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what the estimated value to the UK economy is of natural capital in developing countries; (2) how the value of natural capital...

      Developing Countries: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will work with the Mexican Government during its chairing of the G20 to prioritise climate change adaptation and the reduction of...

      Developing Countries: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he has taken to provide support for tackling violence against women and children in the context of humanitarian assistance.

      Developing Countries: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he has taken in support of the L'Aquila food security initiative.

      Developing Countries: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the L'Aquila food security initiative in (a) increasing food security and (b)...

      Developing Countries: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development with reference to his Department's Building Stability Overseas strategy, when he expects the first early warning report to be released.

      East Africa: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to prevent the spread of disease in refugee camps in East Africa during the rainy season.

      East Africa: Droughts

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress his Department has made in assisting those in need in those parts of Somalia worst affected by conflict where famine was...

      Libya: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he has received any requests from the Libyan National Transitional Council for UK support for capacity-building for the planned...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many (a) letters and (b) emails he has received concerning aid provision in developing countries in the last 12 months for which...

      Somalia: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to work with the international community and the Government of Kenya to identify lasting solutions for the...

      Somaliland: Sovereignty

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many (a) letters and (b) emails his Department received concerning the recognition of the independence of Somaliland in the last 12...

  • Justice

    • Birmingham Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether additional costs were added to the public sector bid in respect of the recent tendering process for HM Prison Birmingham.

    • Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice of those found guilty of offences committed during the public disorder of summer 2011, how many have (a) appealed the decision and (b) subsequently been...

      Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he has considered introducing a civil cases review commission.

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the findings of the Victims' Views of Court and Sentencing report by the Commissioner for Victims' and Witnesses in...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice in how many (a) rape and (b) adult sexual assault applications compensation has been refused or reduced by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board due...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) rape and (b) adult sexual assault victims have applied for compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in each of the...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) rape and (b) adult sexual assault victims who were refused compensation by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority were granted it by...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice in what circumstances the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority will refuse (a) at first instance, (b) at review and (c) on appeal claims for...

      Criminal Injuries Compensation: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) will take to determine whether a claimant for compensation alleging rape or sexual assault...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what social media presence his Department has.

      Drugs: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he has made of the performance of the drug recovery wings that his Department is piloting; and if he will make a statement.

      Employment Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the effect on the number of employment tribunal cases of the introduction of a charge for registering a claim.

      Employment Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what changes have been made to the budget of the Employment Tribunal Service since May 2010; and what assessment he has made of the effect of such...

      Employment Tribunals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the total cost of HM Courts and Tribunals Service E-working project has been; (2) how many claims were filed by HM Courts and Tribunals...

      Official Solicitor and Public Trustee Office: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward proposals to bring the Office of the Official Solicitor within the jurisdiction of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

      Prisoners’ Release: Plymouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders with addresses in Plymouth on conviction were released to addresses in Plymouth in the last 12 months.

      Prisoners: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether armed forces veterans are identified routinely on reception to prisons in England and Wales.

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign national prisoners of each nationality are being held in HM Prison (a) Brixton, (b) Feltham, (c) Holloway, (d) Isis, (e) Latchmere...

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign national prisoners have been repatriated from HM Prison (a) Brixton, (b) Feltham, (c) Holloway, (d) Isis, (e) Latchmere House, (f)...

      Probation: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many probation trusts have appointed a veterans link to ensure armed forces personnel are directed to relevant welfare agencies.

      Supreme Court: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department is taking to encourage greater diversity and gender equality in the Supreme Court.

  • Education

    • Child Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to promote flexibility and choice in child care provision.

    • Children: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what information his Department collects on the number of people qualified as specialist social workers for deaf children in (a) England and (b)...

      Children's Centres: Leicester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children have participated in Sure Start services in Leicester South constituency since its introduction.

      Home-Start

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent discussions he has had with representatives from Home-Start; what assessment he has made of the effects of Home-Start on families in...

      School Meals: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he plans to commission research on adherence to nutritional standards for food served in free schools.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues on the potential effects on agricultural workers of proposed...

    • Agriculture: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to ensure an unproblematic transition from classic agri-environment agreements schemes such as the...

      Agriculture: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she has taken to ensure that Environmental Stewardship schemes take account of both the preservation of...

      Agriculture: Sky Lanterns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the risks to crops and farm animals posed by sky lanterns.

      Animal Welfare: Circuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of legal advice as to whether a ban on wild animals in circuses would be lawful under (a)...

      Animal Welfare: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she has taken to encourage consistency in the fees charged by local authorities for the return of stray dogs.

      Animal Welfare: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of dogs placed in animal welfare establishments in each of the last five years.

      Biodiversity: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how much her Department has spent on measures to protect biodiversity in each year since 2000; and what her Department...

      Biofuels: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will bring forward proposals to prohibit the combustion of chromated copper arsenate wood in biomass power stations.

      Biofuels: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she plans to measure levels of (a) black carbon and (b) arsenic emissions from biomass generating plants in the UK.

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what meetings officials in her Department have had to discuss the proposed badger cull based on shooting since January 2011;...

      Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what meetings (a) she and (b) officials in her Department plan to have to discuss the proposed badger cull based on shooting...

      Canal and River Trust: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps she plans to take to address the projected funding deficit for British Waterways as a result of its moving...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take steps to assist local authorities to establish local low emission zones by providing support with (a) costs...

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many items of correspondence her Department has received on dangerous dogs since June 2010.

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the estimated cost to the public purse is of kennelling dangerous dogs seized under the provisions of the...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the status is of her Department's new Sam IT system.

      Departmental Relocation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many civil servants in her Department have been (a) relocated and (b) agreed to relocation in the last 12 months; and to...

      Public Sector: Pay

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she receives any external funding for (a) her ministerial office and (b) her advisers; and what the (i) source and...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what dates the (a) Green Infrastructure Partnership, (b) Natural Capital Committee and (c) Ecosystem Markets Task Force...

      Cyber- Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to improve cyber-security in relation to her Department’s estate; and if she will...

      Dogs: Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the adequacy of regulations governing the microchipping of dogs.

      Dogs: Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she has taken to increase the numbers of dogs which are micro-chipped.

      Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had on the future of the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group.

      Marine Conservation Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to her Department’s Guidance on Selection and Designation of MCZs (Note 1), September 2010, if she will...

      Meat: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to support the UK meat industry to access new overseas markets.

      Milk: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much of the UK's milk was imported in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Poultry: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to protect against the import of illegal eggs from countries which are not compliant with the...

      Poultry: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent progress she has made on complying with the 1999 EU laying hens directive; and if she will make a statement.

      Rivers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will prohibit the discharge of raw sewage into English watercourses.

      Sustainable Growing Media Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on what dates the Sustainable Growing Media Task Force has met.

      Water Abstraction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on the abstraction of water from chalk streams on...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions Reduction Target

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the insulation industry of the transitional period between the end of the Carbon...

    • Carbon Emissions: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of carbon emissions from public sector buildings which are not part of the central government estate in the...

      Climate Change: International Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has taken steps to seek to ensure that agreements are signed by all participating countries at the COP 17 meeting in Durban...

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effect on businesses of the proposals contained in his Department's White Paper, entitled Planning...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he plans to include in the procurement process for smart meters trials to ensure the (a) fitness for purpose, (b) coverage and...

      Fuel Poverty: Suffolk

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of households were living in fuel poverty in (a) Babergh District and (b) Suffolk in (i) 1981, (ii) 1983, (iii) 1997...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to publish his Department's consultation on the Green Deal.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the likely cost to energy companies of implementing systems to collect and distribute Green Deal payments.

      Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of infra-red heating in reducing fuel poverty.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which renewable energy technology can be deployed fastest.

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the cost of delaying proposed cuts for feed-in tariffs until April 2012.

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effect on small and medium-sized businesses arising from his planned changes to the feed-in tariff...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 8 November 2011, Official Report, column 268W, on solar power: feed-in tariffs, at which stage of the feed-in...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the level of enterprise deaths in (a) the renewable sector and (b) the...

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many representations he has received opposing the development of solar photovoltaic sites.

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the reductions in the cost of (a) solar photovoltaic panel manufacturing and (b) solar photovoltaic panel...

      Solar Power: Brighton and Hove

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will meet representatives of Brighton Energy Co-operative to discuss the continuance of projects to install and operate four...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for what reasons he was not present for the Urgent Question on feed-in tariffs on 31 October 2011.

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the effects on the number of small and medium-sized enterprises of his planned changes to the 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 effect (a) on employment rates and (b) on investment in the solar photovoltaic (PV) sector of his...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effect of reducing solar photovoltaic feed-in tariffs by (a) 10, (b) 20, (c) 30 and (d) 40 per...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the consultation on Comprehensive Review Phase 1—Tariffs for Solar Photovoltaic, 31 October 2011, paragraph 49,...

      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 levels of applications of closing applications for the solar photovoltaic panels scheme...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

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

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many people have been employed to deliver the Warm Front policy in each of the last five years.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Armed Forces: Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to ensure that members of the armed forces are (a) registered to vote and (b) registered for proxy and postal voting when deployed...

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what consultation meetings Ministers have had to discuss the Government’s White Paper on Individual Electoral Registration.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices: Bedfordshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprenticeships were delivered in South West Bedfordshire constituency in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2009-10 academic years.

    • Bell Pottinger Group

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

      Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what programmes his Department has that support entrepreneurship; what the objectives are of each programme; and what the planned...

      Business: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much small and medium-sized enterprises in (a) Liverpool, Walton constituency, (b) Merseyside and (c) England received under...

      Business: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses in Northern Ireland are classified as (a) large, (b) medium-sized and (c) small.

      Business: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) full-time and (b) temporary staff in his Department are working on the Red Tape Challenge; and what estimate he has...

      Debts: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many on-site compliance visits have been carried out by the Office of Fair Trading in relation to compliance with its...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which external consultants are advising his Department on the Red Tape Challenge; and what the (a) length of each such...

      Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills for how many posts his Department has used (a) Gatenby Sanderson or (b) Odgers for recruitment purposes in the last three years;...

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make representations to the European Commission to prevent (a) constraints on beneficial investments, including...

      Export Credit Guarantees: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make a statement on the availability of export credit guarantees for the defence manufacturing industry; and how many...

      Government Departments: Public Consultation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will review the guidance for Government consultations.

      Green Construction Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on what dates the Green Construction Board has met; who attended each meeting; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the...

      Higher Education: Foreign Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of higher education places which are filled by foreign students.

      Nuclear Power: Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had on the potential for creating manufacturing jobs through the building of new nuclear power stations...

      Nuclear Power: Job Creation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what consideration he has given to the nuclear power industry and associated manufacturing and construction as part of the Growth...

      Overseas Trade: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what measures his Department is taking to ensure that UK Trade and Investment and the Export Credits Guarantee Department support...

      Overseas Trade: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect on the ability of UK businesses to trade with Russia of levels of corruption in that...

      Post Offices: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will take steps to ensure that local post offices are enabled to install scanning equipment so that printed ID photographs...

      Post Offices: Photography

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will assess the effect on the revenue levels of private sector high street photographers of establishing digital...

      Sir Andrew Cahn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on how many occasions Sir Andrew Cahn met (a) Huawei and (b) other Chinese companies when he was Chief Executive of UK Trade and...

      Sir Andrew Cahn

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on what (a) dates and (b) occasions (i) he, (ii) Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint and (iii) other Ministers in his Department in...

      Sky Lanterns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent representations he has received on the risks posed by sky lanterns; and whether he has any plans to regulate their use.

      Supermarkets: Ombudsman

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to establish a groceries code adjudicator.

      Trade Unions: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will consider introducing (a) legislation and (b) guidance to require trade unions to include on trade union membership...

      Training: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects to achieve his target for the number of mentors available to businesses using the Mentorsme programme.

      Training: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many mentors were signed up to the Mentorsme programme on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Unfair Dismissal: Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the likely effect on the number of employment tribunal applications of the change of the length of...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Big Society Capital

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will estimate the sums from dormant bank accounts to be distributed in (a) Liverpool, Walton constituency, (b) Merseyside and (c) England by Big...

    • Business: Middlesbrough

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will estimate the number of businesses that have (a) opened and (b) closed in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency since May 2010.

      Big Society

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) whether his Department has issued guidance on facilitating the involvement of people who are unable or unwilling to engage in normal social and...

      Social Exclusion

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much his Department has spent on tackling social exclusion in each year of the last five years.

      Big Society Capital

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the amount of funding from Big Society Capital that will go to projects that combat social exclusion.

      Immigrants: EU Nationals

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many EU nationals whose original country of birth or origin was not an EU member state have entered the UK in each of the last five years.

      Social Exclusion Task Force

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the closure of the Social Exclusion Task Force on the Government's ability to tackle social...

      Social Exclusion Task Force

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the budget was of the Social Exclusion Task Force in each year of its operation; and how many staff it employed in each year.

  • Health

    • Winter Pressures: NHS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to ensure that the NHS is prepared for winter pressures.

    • Hospital Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations his Department has received on local hospital service closures.

      Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of resources provided for the care of older people.

      Private Finance Initiative Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department plans to take to assist hospitals with the cost of PFI payments.

      Carers’ Breaks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding he allocated to (a) Manchester and (b) Trafford primary care trust for carers' breaks in 2011-12.

      Monitor: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of Monitor from 2013.

      Age UK: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding his Department has allocated to Age UK in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12.

      Asthma: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding his Department has made available for tackling asthma in each of the last five years.

      Blood: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 21 October 2011, Official Report, column 1185W, on blood: donors, what (1) new information and analysis has become available...

      Blood: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 21 October 2011, Official Report, column 1185W, on blood: donors, (1) when the Advisory Committee on Blood, Tissues and Organs...

      Blood: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 21 October 2011, Official Report, column 1185W, on blood: donors, whether the Government plans to publish the impact assessment...

      Brain Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department provided to each research study it funded on site-specific brain tumours in (a) 2010 and (b) 2011.

      Cancer: Clinical Trials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of (a) pancreatic and (b) all cancer patients are able to access clinical trials during their treatment; (2) what steps he has...

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting period is to see a chronic fatigue specialist in (a) East Lancashire and (b) nationally.

      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many chronic fatigue specialists there are based in East Lancashire.

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the (a) health, (b) social and (c) financial benefits of automatic enrolment of people with diabetes on a scheme such as...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that people with diabetes have adequate access to health care professionals to assist them with day-to-day management of...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) children, (b) adolescents, (c) young adults and (d) other adults were diagnosed with diabetes in each of the last five years. [R]

      Diabetes: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what training he plans to provide to healthcare professionals to ensure that they offer a personalised programme of treatment for people with diabetes. [R]

      Diabetes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what nationwide arrangements his Department has put in place to support the provision of transitional care for adolescents and young adults with...

      Diabetes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the NHS arising from emergency and urgent medical treatment of young people and adolescents with...

      Diabetes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what programmes equivalent to the Dose Adjustment for Normal Eating diabetes management scheme for adults with diabetes his Department has put into...

      Diabetes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he has taken to provide young people and adolescents with diabetes with information about their condition and how to manage it; and what...

      Diabetes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to co-ordinate the collection of information and medical history from young people and adolescents with diabetes to ensure...

      Diabetes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of missed appointments booked on behalf of young people and adolescents with diabetes; and what steps he...

      Diamorphine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what funding he plans to allocate to explore the wider prescribing of diamorphine up to March 2015; to whom; which activities will be funded; and...

      GP Patient Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has issued to GPs on removing patients from their lists.

      GP Patient Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health who will be responsible for assigning patients who have been removed from their GP list to other GP lists after the abolition of primary care trusts as...

      GP Patient Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what complaint handling procedures there will be for patients who have been removed from a GP list following the abolition of primary care trusts; and...

      Hospitals: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the performance was of (a) Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, (b) East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, (c) Maidstone and Tunbridge...

      Infant Foods: Marketing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions his Department has had with baby milk manufacturers on the advertising and marketing of their products.

      Medicine: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the (a) Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and (b) Minister for Science and Universities on the...

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of active members of the NHS Pension Scheme earning less than £15,000 per year (a) are female and (b) work part-time.

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many members of the NHS pension scheme of each NHS profession had a pension fund worth more than £1 million at retirement in each financial year...

      NHS: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the Information Commissioner's recent ruling in respect of his Department's strategic risk register, if he will arrange for the register...

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 31 October 2011, Official Report, column 746W, on nutrition, whether any impact assessments were carried out in cases where his...

      Obesity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in England aged (a) under five, (b) between five and 16 and (c) over 16 years old, were classified as obese in each financial year since 1997.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 2 November 2011, Official Report, column 628W, on organ donors, what the evidential basis is for the conclusion that his...

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress the NHS has made towards its target of a 50 per cent. increase in organ donation by 2013.

      Organs: Donors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many organ donation registrations there have been in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many bed days the NHS provided for palliative care in the last 12 months.

      Pancreatic Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects of implementing the actions contained in his Department’s document, “Improving Outcomes: a Strategy...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how he plans to assess the health benefits children gain from participating in the School Games programme; and if he will make a statement; (2)...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the health benefits of increased participation by children in school sports over the last six years; and if he will make a...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to promote healthy lifestyles among school age children; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people receiving care in the community in (a) Kent and (b) England in (i) 2008-09, (ii) 2009-10 and (iii) 2010-11.

      Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has commissioned on the minimum number of procedures carried out per year required for an arterial centre to provide the most...

      Transplant Surgery: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department plans to recruit a new national clinical director for transplantation following the retirement of the current appointee.

  • House of Lords

    • Adoption

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will ensure that the children of parents misdiagnosed with fabricated or induced illness, Münchausen's syndrome by proxy, or borderline personality...

    • Agriculture: Foot and Mouth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what research they have funded since 2001 to validate pen-side test kits that verify the presence of foot and mouth disease virus; and whether there are any...

      Barbara Hofschröer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what communications they have had with police and social services authorities in North Yorkshire about the case of Mrs Barbara Hofschröer and over what...

      Corporate Governance and Accountability

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to improve companies' reporting of environmental and social risks.

      Crime: Metal Theft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the proportion of power cuts that are due to metal thefts.

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations against any proposal for the military to nominate a majority on the council to draft a new constitution for Egypt.

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have been invited to send observers to the parliamentary and presidential elections in Egypt.

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 7 November (WA 8), how have the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority confirmed that gamete providers whose...

      Energy: Biofuels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether bioliquids will be included in the renewable heat incentive.

      Energy: Electricity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of (a) how many phantom megawatts have been purchased by the National Grid from short-term operating reserve aggregators in the past...

      Energy: Suppliers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Marland on 16 November (HL13188) concerning the price of energy, how they define small suppliers".

      Energy: Tariffs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the suitability of Ofgem's retail market reform tariff simplification proposals for small energy retailers.

      Energy: Tariffs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of liquidity in the wholesale power markets in relation to Ofgem's retail market reform tariff simplification proposals.

      Exports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what mechanisms exist to ensure that export policy is aligned with the United Kingdom's foreign policy.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessments they have received of the nutritional state of children in Gaza.

      Gift Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by the Minister for Civil Society, Mr Nick Hurd, on 17 October (Official Report, Commons, col. 719W), whether the concept of...

      Health: Bowel Disease

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the NHS outcomes framework will help people who suffer from inflammatory bowel disease, and in particular Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

      House of Lords: Hansard

      To ask the Chairman of Committees what assessment he has made of the possibility of providing greater electronic access for the public to historic Hansard data on Millbank Systems' experimental...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take to reinforce the joint United States-United Kingdom protest to the Government of Israel about their withholding of tax collected on...

      Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill [HL]

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Secretary of State for Justice, Kenneth Clarke, on the compatibility of the provisions of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment...

      North Korea

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the recent findings of the head of the United Nations Office of Co-ordination for Humanitarian Affairs, Baroness Amos, on food shortages,...

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 27 October (WA 182) which stated that human rights law applies to all parts of the United Kingdom, why there is a...

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Shutt of Greetland on 17 October (WA 27), whether the Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, as...

      Patrick Finucane

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have had any contact with the Finucane family since the meeting between the Prime Minister and Mrs Finucane on 11 October.

      Patrick Finucane

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Sir Desmond de Silva QC has begun his examination of available materials in the Patrick Finucane case.

      Planning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they will provide on the preparation of local plans and other development plan documents following the withdrawal of Planning Policy Statement 12, in...

      Planning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Communities and Local Government Plan-making Manual is still in place as advice to local planning authorities; whether they intend to withdraw, revise...

      Police: Demonstrations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of how many people were in attendance at the demonstration as part of the annual march against deaths in custody on 30 October; how...

      Police: Discipline

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many police officers have been disciplined for gross misconduct on the grounds of race or sex discrimination during the past five years; with what outcomes;...

      Police: Discipline

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to propose any new process in the appointment of members to a police authority service who have resigned from other police services. To ask Her...

      Police: Operational Independence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to protect the operational independence of the police in England and Wales.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will enable franchisees in new rail franchises to follow the recommendations of Sir Roy McNulty's independent rail value for money study Realising the...

      Rhinoceroses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make further representations to the Government of Vietnam regarding the illegal trade in black rhino horns and its impact on the rhino population.

      Schools: Collective Worship

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will undertake a consultation on collective worship in schools with a view to updating their 1994 guidance on the matter, covering, inter alia, the...

      Schools: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the funding per pupil in voluntary aided schools will be less than the funding per pupil in an academy in the same local authority area if the local...

      Surveillance: Telecommunications

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the statement by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on 8 November that "The Government actively discourage all trade with Iran. We...

      UK Border Agency: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in which overseas diplomatic missions staff of the UK Border Agency are based; how many are in each mission; and how many of those have full diplomatic status and...

      Vets: Nurses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will introduce measures to make veterinary nursing a profession regulated by statute in order to offer the public a better assurance of the quality of...

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