Written answers

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

  • Treasury

    • Civil Servants: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what (a) methodology and (b) assumptions were used to calculate the example of a civil service pension used on page 17, Box 3.B case study 1 of Public...

    • Departmental Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much his Department will spend on staff redundancy payments in the (a) current and (b) next financial year.

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much was received under each budget heading of the EU's Structural and Cohesion Fund in each of the smallest geographical areas of the UK for which...

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the effects in each of the smallest geographical areas of the UK for which figures are available of UK receipts under EU...

      Excise Duties: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which organisations' officials and Ministers in his Department have met to discuss alcohol duty fraud in 2011 to date; and how many times meetings have...

      Exports: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will take steps to increase assistance to British firms exporting to (a) non-European Union and (b) rapidly growing overseas markets through UK Export...

      Inland Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the holder of his Office lost the prerogative power ceded to his predecessors by the Privy Council to reward informers in revenue cases.

      Inland Revenue

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to the Inland Revenue's Annual Reports 1997-98, 1998-99 and 1999-2000 and the organisation charts therein at pages 9, 37 and 37 respectively;...

      Northern Rock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what reasons an initial public offering was not attempted in the sale of Northern Rock.

      Northern Rock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the advice he received from Deutsche Bank recommending that he proceed with the sale of Northern Rock to Virgin Money.

      Northern Rock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what information he holds on how the board of Northern Rock voted on the decision for the sale of the bank to Virgin Money; (2) what discussions the...

      Northern Rock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he asked for or received information on what the remuneration and incentive schemes for (a) the Chief Executive Officer, (b) the Finance...

      Northern Rock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he had with the European Commission on extending the deadline for the transfer of Northern Rock from public ownership beyond 2013.

      Northern Rock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the (a) loan period and (b) extent of return to the public purse is of the capital instrument lending to Virgin Money to facilitate the takeover of...

      Northern Rock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the contractual arrangements made for the retention of (a) branches and (b) jobs in the sale of Northern Rock.

      Northern Rock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the level of the tier 1 capital ratio of Northern Rock in each of the next three years.

      Northern Rock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what correspondence his Department has exchanged with the Financial Services Authority on using Northern Rock's capital reserves to part-fund its sale.

      Northern Rock

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the new convertible debt in lieu of payments in the sale of Northern Rock will be received as a cash receipt during the remainder of this Parliament.

  • Home Department

    • Europol

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions for offences committed in the UK there have been resulting from operations which were co-ordinated in part or entirely...

    • Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been returned to the UK under the European arrest warrant (EAW) to serve an existing sentence, broken down by type of...

      Assaults: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many accusations of assault on a member of prison staff have been investigated by the police in each of the last five years.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases considered by the UK Border Agency's Case Assurance and Audit Unit have resulted in an individual being (a) removed and (b)...

      Bramshill Police College

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has any plans for the sale of Bramshill police college; and what estimate she has made of the likely sale value.

      British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has received any applications to reduce the normal time period required for UK naturalisation in each of the last three years;...

      Cleveland Police Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to Cleveland police authority between 1 May 2010 and 25 August 2011 was of the initial enquiries into the affairs of Cleveland...

      Departmental Written Questions

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

      Deportation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals were removed from the UK in (a) 2007, (b) 2008, (c) 2009, (d) 2010 and (e) 2011 to date.

      Deportation: Zimbabwe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals have been removed by the UK Border Agency to Zimbabwe in each of the last two years.

      Detention Centres: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children held by the UK Border Agency in pre-departure accommodation were resident in Scotland prior to the enforcement of their...

      Detention Centres: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children resident in Scotland have been moved to Yarl's Wood immigration removal centre since May 2010.

      Drug Seizures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much (a) heroin and (b) cocaine was seized by UK Border Agency staff in (i) July, (ii) August and (iii) September 2011, at (A) Dover, (B)...

      Drug Seizures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much (a) heroin and (b) cocaine has been seized by UK Border Agency staff in each month since May 2010.

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many tier 2 intra-company transfers were issued in (a) July 2008 to June 2009, (b) July 2009 to June 2010 and (c) July 2010 to June 2011.

      Entry Clearances: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visas were issued to people (a) known to have and (b) subsequently discovered to have a criminal conviction in their country of...

      European Union Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been made of the merits of seeking to invoke restrictions in respect of the European Union Directive 2004/58/EC under the...

      Extradition: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many people were extradited from the US to the UK in 2010; and how many such people were US nationals; (2) how many people were...

      Entry Clearance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether (a) General Tatiana Gerasimova and (b) General Nikolai Shelepanov (i) have been and (ii) will be allowed to enter the UK.

      Entry Clearance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether (a) Ministers and (b) officials in her Department (i) have had and (ii) plan to have discussions with (A) General Tatiana Gerasimova...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her most recent estimate is of the daily average cost of detaining an individual on immigration-related grounds.

      Immigrants: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the appropriateness of the level of the English test fees set by the UK Border Agency; and if she will...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Gurkhas living in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency and (b) London have been granted leave to remain in the UK since May 2009.

      Immigration: Liverpool Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people entered the UK via (a) Liverpool John Lennon Airport and (b) Liverpool Port when UK border controls were relaxed in summer 2011.

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the level of knife crime in (a) East Lancashire and (b) Pendle constituency.

      Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the oral answer of 14 November 2011, Official Report, column 564, on piracy, what the legal status of security personnel...

      Serious and Organised Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions (a) she and (b) Ministers in her Department have had with the Serious and Organised Crime Agency since November 2010 on...

      Stephen Lawrence Death Inquiry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects the correspondence files of the Stephen Lawrence inquiry to be made publicly available.

      Metal Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions (a) she and (b) Ministers in her Department have had with police forces on the roll-out of Operation Fragment to areas other...

  • Leader of the House

    • Petitions: Electronic Government

      To ask the Leader of the House what the total cost to the public purse was of design and creation of the Government's e-petition website; and what its projected running cost is for each of the...

  • Defence

    • Air Force: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which RAF bases were used for operational flying in the last 12 months; and which aircraft operated from each base.

    • Armed Forces: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the Local Government Association on improving education provision for children of service personnel based in the UK.

      Armed Forces: Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what action the Government is taking to ensure service families have access to affordable credit.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many married quarters in Portsmouth are unoccupied; and how many of these have been unoccupied for more than three months.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel above the rank of commander are living in married quarter accommodation in Portsmouth; and how many of these are receiving...

      Captain McLeod

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence why the conduct of the Commanding Officer was excluded from the terms of reference of the investigation into bullying in the case of Captain McLeod of Oxford.

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) UK and (b) international legal framework for the use of offensive cyber warfare capabilities is.

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his officials are involved in the development of the Manual on International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare.

      Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many counterfeit electronic parts have been detected on equipment owned by his Department in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Audit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many internal audits have taken place (a) in his Department and (b) in the non-departmental bodies for which his Department is responsible in the...

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many letters sent from the Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans to (a) charities, (b) members of the Armed Forces and (c)...

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether any disciplinary action has been taken against any official of his Department arising from allegations of bribery on the part of GPT.

      Departmental Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent steps his Department has taken to promote equality of opportunity; and at what cost to the public purse.

      Departmental Internet

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

      Judicial Review

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

      Departmental Older Workers

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

      Official Photographs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many official photographs have been taken of (a) Ministers and (b) senior officials in his Department for use in Government publications since May...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on its prime contracts in (a) the south-west, (b) the south-east, (c) central and (d) east in each year since 2003.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on the two regional routine maintenance contracts in Northern Ireland in each year since 2003.

      Departmental Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many of the employees of his Department who will be made redundant in his Department's planned programme of redundancies are (a) front line...

      Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many officials employed by his Department have been (a) working at and (b) seconded to the National Archives at Kew.

      Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what proportion of written questions for answer on a named day his Department has answered on the due date in the 2010 to 2012 Session of...

      Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what records his Department keeps on the career destinations of former military personnel.

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with his US counterpart on the Falkland Islands.

      Germany: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he provided written notice to the German Government of his plans to withdraw troops from Germany.

      Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many cruise missiles have been fired in action by UK forces in each theatre in the last five years.

      Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many times his Department sought legal advice from external counsel in (a) 2007, (b) 2009, (c) 2010 and (d) the first six months of 2011; (2)...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many letters from hon. Members to Ministers in his Department received a response within (a) seven, (b) 10, (c) 14 and (d) 21 or more working days...

      MOD St Athan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on the commercial use of MOD St Athan; and if he will make a statement.

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what response his Department made to each recommendation of the Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee’s Advice to Ministers on the...

      RAF Personnel: Cottesmore and Kinloss

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many (a) Royal Air Force and (b) civilian personnel have been stationed at RAF Cottesmore in each year between 2005 and 2011; (2) how many (a)...

      War Memorials: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many (a) letters, (b) e-mails and (c) telephone calls his Department has received on VAT on the construction of war memorials in each of the...

      World War I: Hartlepool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will take steps to commemorate the centenary of the bombardment of Hartlepool on 16 December 2014; and if he will make a statement.

  • Scotland

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on the effects of the Alcohol Act 2010 in reducing alcohol-related harm.

    • Departmental Photographs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many official photographs have been taken of (a) Ministers and (b) senior officials in his Department for use in Government publications since May...

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) leaflets, (b) posters and (c) reports his Department has published since May 2010; how much each cost; and which company (i) published and...

  • Northern Ireland

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Cattle: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cattle have been approved for export in each month in the last three years.

    • Earth Summit 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will ensure that her Department's preparations for the Rio+20 Summit in 2012 address population stabilisation and...

      EU External Trade: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she has taken to ensure that fresh produce imports originating in Israeli settlements do not benefit from...

      Sharks: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the EU's proposals for a global ban on shark finning.

  • Education

    • 16-19 Bursary Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) applicants and (b) recipients there were of the 16 to 19 bursary scheme in the 2011-12 academic year.

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education which (a) primary and (b) secondary schools will have become academies by 1 September 2011; what the name is of the local authority to which each...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when the Minister of State for Children and Families will respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Coventry South of 25 October 2011.

      Primary Education: Bristol

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to provide funding for an increase in primary school places in Bristol from 2013.

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many pupils were excluded for (a) physical and (b) verbal abuse or assault by constituency in the latest year for which figures are available.

      Pupils: Absenteeism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many pupils were absent from school for at least (a) 10 per cent., (b) 15 per cent. and (c) 20 per cent. of the school year in each (i) region,...

      Schools: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of schools and colleges are officially linked to at least one higher education institution in England.

      Schools: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will estimate the number of students in Pendle constituency that would be affected by strike action on 30 November 2011.

      Schools: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to ensure that small rural schools are not adversely affected by future pupil funding reviews.

      Secondary Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the total funding is for 11-16 education (a) in total and (b) per capita in (i) Birmingham, (ii) Newcastle, (iii) Wakefield, (iv) Manchester, (v)...

      Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 18 July 2011, Official Report, column 562W, on teachers: pensions, when the (a) detailed consideration of the implications of...

  • Justice

    • Armed Forces Covenant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how his Department plans to (a) interpret and (b) apply the Military Covenant under the terms of the Armed Forces Act 2010.

    • Food Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what steps he is taking to ensure that the same standards of animal welfare for whole eggs apply to imported liquefied eggs procured by (a) his...

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what overall assessment rating the Regulatory Policy Committee gave for the impact assessments on the proposed reforms to legal aid.

      Parole

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many cases before the Parole Board were awaiting a hearing on 1 January in each year between 1996-97 and 2010-11 inclusive; (2) in how many...

      Work Capability Assessment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of work capability assessment decisions made by Atos were overturned on appeal in (a) Wales and (b) Newport East constituency in the...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether he has made an estimate of the amount of revenue lost to the creative industries due to free pitching in the last five...

    • Arts Council England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport which organisations in (a) the West Midlands and (b) Birmingham received Arts Council England funding in the latest period for...

      Cricket: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what funding his Department and incorporated public bodies have allocated to support disabled people to play cricket between...

      Departmental Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) which organisations that have received funding from his Department have brought legal proceedings against his Department...

      Food Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what steps he is taking to ensure that the same standards of animal welfare for whole eggs apply to imported liquefied...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what procedures his Department has put in place to ensure value for money on purchases; and what savings have been identified...

      Design: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to assist design companies to secure work with international clients.

      UK School Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the future role of UK School Games; and if he will make a statement.

      UK School Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what information his Department holds on how many records were set at UK School Games at (a) national and (b) international...

      UK School Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many school children participated in UK School Games at (a) intra-school (b) inter-school, (c) county and (d) national...

      UK School Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what evaluation he has made of the role of UK School Games in increasing participation in (a) sport and (b) competitive sport;...

      UK School Games

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had with the partners of UK School Games regarding future participation in school sports; and...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Armed Forces: Young People

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on the range and level of educational qualifications offered to armed forces recruits...

    • Departmental Domestic Visits

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many times he has visited each region in an official capacity in the last 12 months.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Business: Closures

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many businesses in (a) Preston constituency and (b) Lancashire have ceased trading since 1 June 2010.

    • Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many contracts his Department has awarded directly to (a) small, (b) medium-sized and (c) large businesses in each month since May 2010; what the...

      Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what procedures his Department has put in place to ensure value for money on purchases; and what savings have been identified using those procedures in...

      Government Departments: Finance

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what progress has been made on the cross-Government review of advice funding in which other Government Departments are involved; which advice...

      National School of Government

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) whether the National School of Government's information security “Protecting Information” course includes training in the (a) use of...

      Public Houses

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many public houses (a) in Jarrow constituency, (b) in South Tyneside, (c) in the North East and (d) nationally have closed in each of the last five...

      Public Houses

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many public houses have been owned by a pub company (a) in Jarrow constituency, (b) in South Tyneside, (c) in the North East and (d) nationally in...

      Public Houses

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many public houses owned by a pub company (a) in Jarrow constituency, (b) in South Tyneside, (c) in the North East and (d) nationally have closed in...

      Public Houses

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many public houses there are (a) in Jarrow constituency, (b) in South Tyneside, (c) in the north-east and (d) nationally.

      Public Houses

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many tied publicans (a) in Jarrow constituency, (b) in South Tyneside, (c) in the North East and (d) nationally have managed their pub for more than...

      Public Sector: Equality

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of equality and diversity training in the public sector in the last year for which figures are...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to protect the livelihoods of carers.

    • Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the April 2011 changes to crisis loans for general living expenses, excluding...

      Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what funding arrangements are intended to replace crisis loans for (a) rent in advance and (b) items after localisation.

      Crisis Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 15 November 2011, Official Report, column 719W, on crisis loans, in how many cases loans have been made to meet the...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland on (i) personnel costs and (ii) consultants in...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the definition of work under the Work programme will be changed after the change to the working hours limits for working tax credit in...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will publish data on referrals and job outcomes for (a) tier 1, (b) tier 2 and (c) voluntary and community sector providers (i) across...

      Employment Schemes: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many Work programme job outcomes were the result of placement on an apprenticeship.

      Employment Schemes: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received from Work programme providers on the proportion of referrals to the programme of people in receipt of...

      Employment Schemes: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of referrals to the Work programme have been of people in receipt of employment and support allowance in each month since June 2011.

      Social Exclusion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department has made of the effect of his proposals for welfare reform on people experiencing multiple sources of deprivation.

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the proportion of (a) incapacity benefit, (b) disability living allowance and (c) employment support allowance...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Aerospace Industry: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to support research and development in the aerospace sector.

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what sanctions exist for companies that do not fulfil their obligations in respect of young people enrolled on recognised...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will assess the merits of subsidising wage costs from the public purse for apprentices aged 19 to 24 years.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the barriers preventing small businesses from recruiting apprentices; and if he will make a statement.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (1) new apprenticeships have been started in each year since 2008-09; (2) apprenticeship schemes in Great Yarmouth...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans his Department has to reduce the barriers to taking on an apprentice for smaller businesses; and if he will make a...

      Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much (a) his Department, (b) UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and (c) the Science Innovation Network have spent on services and...

      Business: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what contribution his Department has made to EU negotiations on future deregulation for micro-businesses.

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make it his policy to provide targeted support for businesses in areas where (a) the rate of long-term unemployment...

      Economic Growth: North-east England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his objectives are for business growth in the North East in the next five years.

      Engineering: Prizes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what support his Department has provided for the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what methodology is used in impact assessments across Government to assign a value to environmental (a) policies and (b)...

      EU Structural and Cohesion funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the effect on UK exports of EU structural and cohesion funding expenditure in new member states...

      Higher Education: Community Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with external organisations on the implementation of the Prevent strategy in universities.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what response he plans to give to the offer from Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership that its Employment and...

      Manufacturing Industries: North-west England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will estimate the proportion of the growth in manufacturing that took place between August 2010 and August 2011 that can be...

      Mayors: Referendums

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the Government's consultation on mayoral powers, entitled What can a mayor do for your city? A consultation,...

      Medicine: Graduates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students graduated with a (a) medical and (b) nursing degree in each of the last 10 years.

      Metal Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many illegal scrap metal yards have been identified in each year from 1990 to 2011.

      New Businesses: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what advice and support his Department provides to young people who wish to set up in business.

      Parking: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what assessment he has made of the impact on the economy of central London of Westminster city council's proposal to extend...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has made an assessment of the capability of sub-post offices and post office locals to offer Government services to...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether due diligence tests are conducted before Regional Growth Fund grants are approved.

      Regional Growth Fund: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful bids received for the second round of the regional growth fund sought to use...

      Regional Growth Fund: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what approvals have been given to regional growth fund applications in respect of Liverpool.

      Retail Trade: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent steps his Department has taken to support the retail sector in the West Midlands.

      Science: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what criteria his Department uses to allocate further education science funding.

      Science: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the funding was for the Learning and Skills Improvement Service STEM Programme in each of the last three years for which...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what modelling his Department has undertaken on the cost of access to higher education loans; and if he will publish any such...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of further education student loans for access to education he expects to be repaid in full after 2013-14.

      Trade Promotion: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many civil servants are working on the British Business Embassy project for the London 2012 Olympic Games; and from which...

      Vocational Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the total funding is for adult skills (a) in total and (b) per capita in (i) Birmingham, (ii) Newcastle, (iii) Wakefield,...

      Vocational Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding bodies provide support for skills for post-16-year-olds in Birmingham; what funding such organisations have received...

      Young People: Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people under the age of 25 years were not in education, employment or training in (a) Bolton and (b) England in the last...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of recent political developments in Egypt.

    • China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to encourage investment in China by the UK service sector.

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Syria; and if he will make a statement.

      Kosovo and Serbia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made on the EU technical dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia; and if he will make a statement.

      Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on Iran.

      Council of Europe Presidency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his objectives are for the UK's presidency of the Council of Europe.

      Latin America

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent progress his Department has made on engagement with Latin America.

      Iran: Nuclear Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of Iran's nuclear programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Afghanistan: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he plans to make on women's rights in Afghanistan at the Bonn Conference.

      Bahrain: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on sales of military equipment to Bahrain.

      Bahrain: EU External Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the sale of surveillance technologies to the government of Bahrain by...

      Bahrain: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the reports of (a) the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry and (b) Bahraini human rights...

      Bahrain: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department has made to the government of Bahrain on censorship of online content and services in Bahrain.

      Bahrain: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department has made to the government of Bahrain on deaths of protesters since September 2011.

      Central African Republic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) whether he plans to visit the Central African Republic; (2) what assessment he has made of the UK’s relationship...

      Departmental Air Travel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much his Department has spent on business class airline tickets in the last year.

      Design Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what contracts his Department has awarded for design services since May 2010; and what information his Department holds on...

      Press Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the embargo date was on press copies of his 16 November 2011 speech on intelligence matters; what his policy is on allowing...

      Ethiopia

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

      Europe: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the value of a system of (a) elected, (b) representative and (c) democratic governments in...

      G4S

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many contracts his Department has awarded to G4S since May 2010; and what the (a) monetary value and (b) net worth was of...

      Gibraltar: Sovereignty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with Spain on the sharing of sovereignty over Gibraltar.

      Irg

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 2 November 2011, Official Report, column 663, on IRG, what the date was of the discussion between...

      Italy: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effect on the UK's relations with Italy of the change of Government in that country; and if...

      Kashmir

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Indian Government on the appointment of interlocutors for the engagement of...

      Kosovo: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the proposals in the Ahtisaari Plan for the promotion of local self-government and protection of...

      Libya: Chemical Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the discovery of chemical weapons stocks in Libya after the fall of Gaddafi; whether these...

      Malawi: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the relationship between the UK and the Government of Malawi.

      Spain: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to ensure the finalisation of a court date in Spain in respect of the case of Kyle Thain and...

      Tristan da Cunha: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support his Department is providing to Tristan da Cunha as a result of the MV Oliva oil incident.

      Tristan da Cunha: South Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in South Africa on travel routes between South Africa and Tristan da Cunha.

      Tullow Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what date the hon. Member for North West Norfolk met Tullow Oil in July 2010.

      Tullow Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who was present at the meeting between the hon. Member for North West Norfolk and Tullow Oil in July 2010.

      Tullow Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what was discussed at the meeting between the hon. Member for North West Norfolk and Tullow Oil in July 2010.

      Tullow Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which countries in Africa were discussed at the meeting between the hon. Member for North West Norfolk and Tullow Oil in July 2010.

      Tullow Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether minutes were taken at the meeting between the hon. Member for North West Norfolk and Tullow Oil in July 2010.

      UNESCO: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether, as a member of UNESCO's Executive Board, the Government voted for or approved the election of Syria to UNESCO's...

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Attendances: Alcoholic Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many alcohol-related attendances were recorded at accident and emergency centres on (a) 25 December, (b) 26 December, (c) 31 December and (d) 1...

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on banning the sale of alcohol below cost.

      Ambulance Services: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the likely level of (a) over-spending and (b) under-spending for each ambulance service trust in England in 2011-12.

      Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had on encouraging awareness of appropriate antibiotic use.

      Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are being taken to inform people about potential dangers associated with self-medicating with antibiotics.

      Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are being taken to prevent the increase of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria.

      Care Quality Commission: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of staffing levels at the Care Quality Commission.

      Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to tackle chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in areas of high occurrence.

      Clostridium Difficile

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to protect public health from methicillin-resistant clostridium difficile.

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) leaflets, (b) posters and (c) reports his Department has published since May 2010; how much each cost; and which company (i) published and...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients with Type 2 diabetes were admitted to (a) accident and emergency centres and (b) hospitals in each of the last three years for which...

      Euthanasia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 26 October 2011, Official Report, column 238W, on euthanasia, what representations he has received on the professional guidance...

      Hepatitis: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to investigate the reasons for low levels of pharmacological treatment for hepatitis C following the publication of Professor Sir Mike...

      Hepatitis: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the current levels of integration between health and social care services in delivering hepatitis C services; and if he...

      Home Care Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much extra funding has been allocated for re-ablement to support hospital discharge since May 2010; and how this funding was allocated and to...

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many delayed hospital discharges there have been of (a) under and (b) over 75 years old in each region since May 2010.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the costs to the NHS of delayed hospital discharge.

      Hospital Beds: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to obtain data from the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust showing the numbers out of its total of acute in-patient beds...

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people who have been given the human papillomavirus vaccine had serious side effects as a result.

      Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been given the human papillomavirus vaccine.

      KPMG

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the nature was of the organisation and change management consultancy work undertaken by KPMG for his Department in 2010-11.

      Maternity Services: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department plans to take to improve front-line nursing for premature and sick babies.

      Mental Health Services: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the likely level of (a) over-spending and (b) under-spending for each mental health trust in England in 2011-12.

      Mrsa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to protect public health from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

      NHS: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the likely level of (a) over-spending and (b) under-spending for each acute service trust in England in 2011-12.

      NHS: Innovation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the NHS Chief Executive expects to publish his report on innovation; and whether the report will consider the uptake of medical technology.

      NHS: Management Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of contracts between shadow clinical commissioning groups and private consultancy firms in the...

      NHS: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of primary care trust staff he expects to be employed by clinical commissioning groups by April 2013.

      NHS: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of redundancies of primary care trust and strategic health authority staff in the next financial...

      NHS: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of medical staff working in the NHS in each of the last 10 years were trained outside the UK.

      Pancreatic Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the Study for Survival report, published by Pancreatic Cancer UK in September 2011.

      Patient Choice Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the choose and book system.

      Sexually Transmitted Infections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many new cases of (a) cervical cancer and (b) genital warts have been recorded in each year since 1981.

      Sexually Transmitted Infections: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to (a) make and (b) announce a decision on whether to proceed with a new vaccination programme for protection against cervical cancer; and...

      Sexually Transmitted Infections: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of females aged over 15 years who have received protection by vaccination against (a) cervical cancer and (b)...

  • Wales

    • Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) leaflets, (b) posters and (c) reports her Department has published since May 2010; how much each cost; and which company (i) published and...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Remploy

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what estimate she has made of the cost of maintaining the Remploy factory networks and keeping employment services in the public sector for the next...

  • Transport

    • A14: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions she has had with stakeholders on upgrading the A14 in Cambridgeshire; and if she will make a statement.

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she has had with Ministers in HM Treasury on changes to air passenger duty following the extension of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme...

      Aviation: Economic Growth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the report from the British Chambers of Commerce on aviation policy's effect on economic growth.

      Aviation: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress has been made in reducing the burden of regulation in the aviation sector.

      Carbon Emissions: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations she has received supporting a delay to the application of the Euro4 emission standards in the London low emission zones from...

      Carbon Emissions: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what estimate she has made of the cost to the haulage industry of complying with the Euro4 emission standards in the London low emission zones to...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department has taken to encourage more people to ride bicycles to their place of work since 2010.

      Cycling: Highway Code

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions she has had with the Home Secretary on steps to stop cyclists breaking the Highway Code.

      Cycling: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent steps her Department has taken to increase the safety of cyclists on roads.

      Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vehicles have been purchased for the use of Government Ministers since June 2010; and where each such vehicle was manufactured.

      Fuels: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what meetings her Department has had with (a) representatives of the Canadian Government and (b) businesses on the proposed EU directive on fuel quality.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether an environmental impact assessment for High Speed 2 will include further detailed analysis on the estimate contained in the HS2 Appraisal of...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the environmental impact assessment for High Speed 2 will include detailed analysis of the potential effect of the project on sites of special...

      Identification: Photographs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to ensure a competitive market for the provision of ID photographs for driving licences and passports.

      Motorways: Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations her Department has received on its consultation on increasing motorway speed limits to 80 mph.

      Ports: Economic Growth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the importance of sea port capacity for economic growth potential.

      Ports: Radioactive Materials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times radioactive monitors deployed at UK ports or airports have identified radioactively contaminated foodstuffs from Japan on ships or...

      Rail Value for Money Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what external consultants were contracted to work on the McNulty Review on rail value for money; what regular checks were made for potential conflicts...

      Railways: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many incidents with runaway trolleys there have been on the rail network since 15 February 2004; and if she will make a statement.

      Railways: Overcrowding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will encourage train companies to allow standard class ticket holders to sit in first class seats during periods of overcrowding.

      Railways: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what estimate her Department has made of the amount of private sector investment in the railway industry in each of the last 10 years; [R] (2)...

      Railways: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department has taken to prevent children from playing on or near railway tracks.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many fatal vehicle accidents have occurred where a visitor to the UK driving on the wrong side of the road was a contributory factor in the last 10...

      Roads: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which local authorities have received funding from the Transport Innovation Fund for work on road-pricing in each year since the scheme was created.

      Roads: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department has taken to encourage local councils to improve street lighting.

      Shipping: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many safety inspections were carried out on ships using UK ports in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available; what the country of...

      Shipping: Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what contingency plans her Department has put in place for a maritime emergency in the South West that requires an emergency towing vehicle with a 200...

      Shipping: Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what financial model her Department used to estimate the savings that would be made by the removal of emergency towing vessels; and what provision she...

      Shipping: Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the evidential basis is for her policy that the coastguard agreement on salvage and towage is a suitable alternative to the provision of emergency...

      SS Richard Montgomery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment her Department has made of the safety of the wreck of SS Richard Montgomery in the Thames estuary; and if she will make a statement.

      Thameslink: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 1 November 2011, Official Report, column 610W, on Thameslink railway line: rolling stock, what the value was of Interfleet's...

      Transport Sector Transparency Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether she will publish the minutes of the (a) September and (b) November 2011 meetings of the Transport Sector Transparency Board.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what information he has on the annual average number of lorry movements associated with a biomass generating plant of (a) 10MW, (b)...

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what information his Department holds on the average proportion of stemwood combusted in biomass generating plants in the UK in each of...

      Boilers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of domestic properties without a condensing boiler.

      Carbon Reduction Commitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the recently published carbon reduction commitment energy efficiency league tables; and if he will make...

      Carbon Sequestration: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) when he plans to start the tender process for the UK carbon capture and storage demonstration project; (2) whether the UK tender...

      Climate Change: International Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his priorities will be for the forthcoming Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; and...

      Food Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to ensure that the same standards of animal welfare for whole eggs apply to imported liquefied eggs procured by...

      Food Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of food sourced by (a) his Department and (b) public bodies for which he is responsible was procured from UK food...

      Press Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to ensure that significant policy announcements from his Department are made in the House prior to their...

      Press Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the oral statement of 23 November 2011 on the Annual Energy Statement, if he will publish the media strategy in relation to...

      Press Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the oral statement of 23 November 2011 on the Annual Energy Statement, with which third parties his Department discussed...

      Press Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the oral statement of 23 November 2011 on the annual energy statement, if he will publish the media grid his Department...

      Press Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the oral statement of 23 November 2011 on the annual energy statement, if he will instigate an inquiry on disclosure by the...

      Diesel Fuel: Refineries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps the Government is taking to increase the UK’s diesel refining capacity.

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many gallons of water are required to produce one megawatt hour of energy in the UK from (a) solar PV, (b) solar thermal, (c) wind,...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change by what percentage he expects the (a) Green Deal and (b) Energy Companies Obligation to reduce the UK's energy consumption; what his...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has made any assessment of the (a) costs and (b) benefits of (i) consumption targets and (ii) intensity targets for energy...

      Energy: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what meetings (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department have had with their EU counterparts on (i)...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will issue guidance to local authorities pursuant to the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995 on the installation in residential...

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) whether he proposes to issue guidance to local authorities regarding the excuse of their responsibilities under the Home Energy...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he plans to take to ensure smart meters are provided to all residential gas and electricity customers.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether households will be able to choose not to have a smart meter installed if they have concerns about the health effects of...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 14 July 2011, Official Report, column 491W, on meters: radio frequencies, what recent steps he has taken to...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has made an estimate of the number of energy customers who switched suppliers (a) once and (b) twice or more in each of the...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will take steps to ensure that all customers can access the best energy deals regardless of their financial situation.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps (a) he and (b) Ofgem plan to take to monitor the pricing practices of energy companies in respect of (i) doorstep selling...

      Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with the Local Government Association on (a) his proposed reforms to feed-in tariffs and (b) the Memorandum...

      Fuel Poverty: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department has considered providing support to cancer patients in fuel poverty to find the most appropriate tariff for...

      Fuel Poverty: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of pensioners in Preston constituency living in fuel poverty.

      Green Deal Scheme: Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he plans to take to co-ordinate the introduction of the Green Deal with the uptake of solar photovoltaics in residential...

      Nuclear Installations: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects to receive the Office for Nuclear Regulation's first report on the state of security in the civil nuclear industry and...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of the feed-in tariff scheme has been taken up by (a) investors and (b) individual home and business owners.

      Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will meet representatives from the oil-fired heating industry to discuss the inclusion of bioliquids in the renewable heat incentive.

      Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will meet representatives from the oil-fired heating industry to discuss the inclusion of bioliquids in the Renewable Heat Incentive.

      Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects to decide whether to include bioliquids in the renewable heat incentive; and when he plans to announce his decision.

      Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will meet representatives from the Oil Firing Technical Association to discuss the inclusion of bioliquids in the renewable heat...

      Social Rented Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what recent assessment he has made of the effect of rising energy prices on housing revenue account tenanted properties; (2)...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of companies that will be forced to cease trading as a result of the proposed reductions to...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will make it his policy (a) not to change future rates for the feed-in tariff between its scheduled annual review dates and (b)...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what account he took of the tax revenues raised previously from businesses supplying photovoltaic systems when determining the...

      Water: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will adapt the Green Deal assessment of a household to include water efficiency measures.

      Wind Power: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he plans to reduce the cost of offshore wind power.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Domestic Waste: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to publish the full bidding guidance for funding from the Weekly Collection Support Scheme.

    • Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what proportion of homes in England has an energy performance certificate.

      EU Grants and Loans: North East Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 10 May 2011, Official Report, columns 1179-80W, on EU Grants and Loans: North East, what the monetary...

      Housing: Fire Extinguishers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information his Department holds on the use of automatic fire suppression systems in residential properties in other countries.

      Housing: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many dwellings were constructed in (a) Pendle constituency and (b) Lancashire in each of the last five years.

      Housing Reform: Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the oral statement of 21 November 2011, Official Report, column 43, on housing reform, if he will publish the media...

      Housing Reform: Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the contribution of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government of 21 November 2011, Official...

      Housing Reform: Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the contribution of the Minister for Housing and Local Government of 21 November 2011, Official Report, column 58,...

      Housing Reform: Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to his oral statement of 21 November 2011, Official Report, column 43, on housing reform, if he will publish the media...

      Housing Reform: Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to ensure that significant policy announcements from his Department are made in the House prior to their...

      Planning Permission: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent research his Department has conducted into the merits of tax on the land value uplift created by the granting of...

      Rented Housing: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has made an assessment of the extent to which landlords have evicted tenants in London in order to let their...

      Right to Buy Scheme: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will estimate the number of households in each local authority in London which have a right to buy.

      Standards for England: Credit Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library what the (a) date, (b) transaction type, (c) supplier and (d) merchant type or supplier...

  • International Development

    • Ascension Island: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance his Department has given to Ascension Island in each of the last 10 years.

    • Central African Republic: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding for development aid his Department has allocated to the Central African Republic in each of the last 10 years.

      Central African Republic: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he has taken to monitor how UK development aid to the Central African Republic is used.

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many (a) leaflets, (b) posters and (c) reports his Department has published since May 2010; how much each cost; and which company...

      Developing Countries: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he plans to attend the Sanitation and Water for All high-level meeting in Washington DC in April 2012.

      Fragile States: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he plans to take to strengthen governance and security in fragile and conflict-affected states.

      Humanitarian Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what financial resources his Department has allocated to dealing with humanitarian disasters in the remainder of the comprehensive...

      Middle East: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with the Foreign Secretary on supporting reform of governance in (a) Pakistan, (b) Afghanistan and (c) Iraq.

      Pitcairn Island: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his policy is on the provision of development aid to Pitcairn Island; and if he will make a statement.

      Tristan da Cunha: Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support his Department is providing for Tristan da Cunha as a result of the M. V. Oliva oil incident.

  • House of Lords

    • Anguilla

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 15 November (WA 121), what is their assessment of the statement referred to, as reported in The...

    • Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether an education charity can access the Ministry of Defence's Community Fund for the purpose of benefiting United Kingdom cadets aged 13 to 16 and assisting...

      Belarus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement issued by the International Democrat Union expressing their concerns about Belarus and the prosecution of Ales...

      British Council: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the British Council spends on international development work by (a) country, and (b) theme.

      Building Stability Overseas Strategy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish their annual assessment of countries at risk of violence, the early-warning system, as outlined in their Building Stability Overseas Strategy.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the humanitarian needs in ethnic areas of Burma where the Government restricts access by international agencies.

      Electoral Registration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest estimate of the cost of implementing their proposals for individual electoral registration.

      Employment: Agency Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 10 November (WA 82), whether the reports to the European Commission working group on the agency worker...

      Energy: Nuclear Reactors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the effects in the United Kingdom of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster; whether any long-term effects of that disaster remain; whether the nuclear reactor...

      Energy: Nuclear Reactors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government with which international agencies that monitor nuclear reactors they co-operate; and whether they have made any representations to such agencies regarding the...

      Energy: Policy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the light of reports that a new international climate change treaty is unlikely to be agreed before 2020, they will review their energy policy to...

      Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many local community relations and equality councils in receipt of funding by the Equality and Human Rights Commission are due to have that funding withdrawn;...

      EU: Credit Rating Agencies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks by Lord Sassoon on 15 November (Official Report, col. 676), what steps they have taken to foster competition in the provision of credit...

      EU: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they would oppose the introduction by the European Union of a financial activity charge levied as a regulatory cost offset and structured on an ad valorem...

      EU: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they are engaging with the European Union on the necessary conditions for an effective financial transactions tax.

      Government Departments: Buildings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to install photovoltaic solar systems on buildings owned or occupied by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

      Government Departments: Buildings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to install photovoltaic solar systems on buildings owned or occupied by the Cabinet Office. To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they...

      Heads of State: Official Visits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which heads of state have visited the United Kingdom on official or state visits in 2011.

      Health: Dementia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of (a) hospital admissions, and (b) emergency hospital admissions, on health outcomes for people with a diagnosis of...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applicants were on the waiting list for the Seaside and Country Homes Scheme in each London borough in each year since 2004-05; and how many flats or...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when decisions will be made on the allocation of transitional funding for the completion of schemes in former housing market renewal pathfinder areas.

      Housing: Fire Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hanham on 16 November (WA 157), other than promoting the importance of a working smoke alarm, what action they are...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel concerning the arrest and detention of Dr Mazin Qumsiyeh and Mustafa Odeh.

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel since the vote to admit Palestine to UNESCO concerning the withholding of taxes collected by Israel...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the cost to United Kingdom public funds of supporting Palestinians, arising from Israel's action in the West Bank since 1967.

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel regarding compensation for Palestinians attacked and injured by Israeli settlers.

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received reports concerning segregation on buses between villages and settlements in the West Bank.

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they last made representations to the Government of Israel about the Yitz'har West Bank colony and the Bracha colony and their associated outposts; and with...

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact on family life, further education and emigration of travel restrictions on residents of East Jerusalem, the West Bank...

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel about the payment of compensation to shopkeepers in Hebron, who had their shops closed or their...

      Ministry of Defence: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the salaries of the six highest-paid civilian individuals currently employed by the Ministry of Defence.

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Hill of Oareford on 31 October (WA 222), whether they will continue their policy of providing funding for employers'...

      Public and Private Sector: Salaries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the percentage differences in median full-time weekly earnings between the public sector and private sector for (1) the United Kingdom, (2) England, (3)...

      Royal Mail: Commemorative Stamps

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the postal authorities to ensure that the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo is marked by a special issue of stamps.

      Schools: Teachers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many sick days teachers in maintained schools have taken, by local authority, in the past year.

      Social Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 11 Oct (WA 229), which part of the responses by Homeless Link and the National Association of Welfare Rights...

      Sri Lanka

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which the Government of Sri Lanka, the United Nations Secretary-General and the United Nations Human Rights Council...

      State Recognition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their criteria for recognising a country include human rights; and, if not, why.

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Syria regarding reports of alleged organ trafficking from opponents of the regime in Syria.

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in their discussions with representatives of the Syrian opposition, they have ruled out any commitment to supply arms or any logistical support to assist...

      Syria and Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 14 September (WA 78-79), what is their "practical assessment" of the situation on the ground in Syria...

      Taxation: Corporation Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether current arrangements for corporate taxation cover the trade that internet-based multinationals carry out in the United Kingdom.

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what formal process they undertook to decide their 20 priority high-growth and emerging markets in their five-year strategy Britain Open for Business. To ask Her...

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