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Written answers

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

  • Attorney-General

    • Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General whether he has considered taking steps to make the Serious Fraud Office more accountable to Parliament.

    • Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General what steps he is taking to increase transparency in the operation of the Serious Fraud Office.

      Serious Fraud Office: Operating Costs

      To ask the Attorney-General what the cost to the public purse was of the Serious Fraud Office in each of the last five years.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • G4S

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many contracts his Department has awarded to G4S since May 2010; and what the (a) purpose, (b) monetary value and (c) net...

    • National Football Museum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the cost to the public purse was of the closure of the National Football Museum in Preston.

      Postcodes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether his Department uses postcodes for purposes other than the postage of mail.

      RMS Titanic: Anniversaries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what funding his Development has allocated to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

  • Justice

    • Contracts: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the UK of the European Commission proposals to harmonise contract law within the EU.

    • G4S

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many contracts his Department has awarded to G4S since May 2010; and what the (a) purpose, (b) monetary value and (c) net worth was of each such contract.

      Legal Aid Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many cases of legal representation were provided through the Legal Aid Exceptional Funding Scheme in 2009-10; and what the cost to the public...

      Youth Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) if he will introduce measures for the Youth Justice Advisory Board to be given a specific responsibility to assess and report on the independence...

      Youth Offending Teams: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the budget was of each youth offending team in each year between 1997-98 and 2010-11.

      Youth Offending Teams: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many full-time equivalent posts there were in each youth offending team in each year between 1997-98 and 2010-11.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many dangerous dog incidents have been reported to the police in England and Wales since June 2010; (2) how many...

    • Departmental Fines

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

      Official Photographs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many official photographs have been taken of (a) Ministers and (b) senior officials in her Department for use in...

      Departmental Pay: London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will estimate the total monetary value of London weightings and London living allowances for staff in her Department.

      Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish the value of estimated tax receipts, calculated in accordance with the Green Book, in each public sector...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what contracts of a monetary value of (a) between £100,000 and £500,000, (b) between £500,000 and £1...

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for how many days on average her Department's staff in each pay grade were absent from work as a result of ill health in 2010-11.

      Dogs: Animal Breeding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to ensure welfare in puppy farms.

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the Waste Review, June 2011, what progress she has made towards a new responsibility deal with the...

      Marine Conservation Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has plans to secure marine management control out to 200 nautical miles.

  • Treasury

    • Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has specific plans for the revenues accruing from the disposal of shares held by UK Financial Investments in Lloyds Banking Group and RBS Group.

    • Banks: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what options are being considered for the disposal of shares held by UK Financial Investments in Lloyds Banking Group and RBS Group.

      Boilers: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what research his Department has undertaken on the effect on (a) the manufacturing industry and (b) levels of unemployment of introducing a boiler scrappage...

      Food Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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 Department...

      Food Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of food sourced by (a) his Department and (b) public bodies for which he is responsible was procured from UK food producers in the latest...

      Economic Growth: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, (b) the Northern Ireland Executive, (c) Northern Ireland representatives...

      Excise Duties: Alcohol Drinks

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the extent of alcohol duty evasion.

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what fiscal steps his Department is taking to help offset the rising cost of fuel for people living in rural areas.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to reply to the hon. Member for Edinburgh West's letters of 22 April 2011, 7 June 2011, 9 August 2011, 29 August 2011, 13 September 2011 and...

      Revenue and Customs: Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer of 17 October 2011, Official Report, column 702W, on Revenue and Customs: Government Procurement Card, (1) what the (a) name of...

      Taxation: Overseas Trade

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue his Department received from trade with countries outside the EU in each of the last five financial years.

      VAT: Registration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) VAT-registered and (b) non-VAT-registered businesses in (i) England, (ii) Wales, (iii) Scotland and (iv) Northern Ireland are (A) incorporated...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Virgin Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to visit the British Overseas Territory of British Virgin Islands.

    • Food Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure that the same standards of animal welfare for whole eggs apply to imported liquefied eggs...

      Food Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps (a) his Department and (b) public bodies for which he is responsible are taking to ensure that they meet the...

      European Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has sought the advice of external counsel to the lawfulness of the Government exercising a Justice and Home Affairs...

      Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what role the UK's overseas missions play in preventing human trafficking in source countries.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he plans to take to ensure that important policy announcements are made to Parliament before the media.

    • Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will instigate an inquiry into the announcement of the details on the youth contract by the media prior to the announcement of such...

      Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 25 November 2011, on the youth contract, if he will publish the media grid in relation to the...

      Social Exclusion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with the Department of Health on a co-ordinated approach towards people experiencing...

      Social Exclusion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with the Minister for Women and Equalities on a co-ordinated approach towards people...

  • Wales

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions she has had with energy-intensive businesses in Wales on carbon floor pricing.

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment she has made of the effect of carbon floor pricing on energy-intensive businesses in Wales.

      Legal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales which organisations that have received funding from her Department have brought legal proceedings against her Department in the last five years; which such...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales which services her Department has outsourced in each of the last five years.

      Newport, Gwent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many times she has visited Newport since May 2010.

      Postcodes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether her Department uses postcodes for purposes other than the postage of mail.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Shared Future

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with Ministers in the Northern Ireland Executive on a strategy for a shared future in Northern Ireland.

    • Legacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his policy is on measures to deal with the legacy of the past in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what representations he has received on fuel poverty in Northern Ireland.

      Short Money

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions he has had with the House of Commons Commission regarding the provision of Short money and other equivalent financial...

      Domestic Aviation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with BMI and International Airlines Group, on the London Heathrow to Belfast City air route.

      Foreign Investment in UK

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the US Administration on inward investment in Northern Ireland.

  • Health

    • Abortion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason abortion is not going to be left as a matter for the discretion of clinical commissioning groups.

    • Abortion: Counselling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on requiring the provision of pregnancy counselling by private abortion providers and their subsidiaries.

      Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people over the age of (a) 65, (b) 75 and (c) 85 years were admitted to accident and emergency centres in each of the last 10 years for which...

      Brain Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of adults with primary brain tumours who will be enrolled in randomised, controlled clinical trials as part of...

      Council for Health and Regulatory Excellence: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to measure the performance and outcomes of the Council for Health and Regulatory Excellence.

      Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has been involved in the cross-Government review of advice funding.

      Ministerial Video Recordings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the public purse was of his message on Hospedia patient entertainment systems; and how much ministerial time was required for its preparation.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) for what reasons he decided not to proceed with the earlier access to medicines scheme proposed by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory...

      Fluoride: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) on what date he expects (a) Southampton city council and (b) New Forest district council to take over responsibility from the South Central...

      Hospital Beds

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

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many adult mental health diversion schemes there are in each police authority area.

      Multiple Sclerosis: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department plans to respond to the National Audit of Services for People with Multiple Sclerosis 2011; and what plans he has to improve (a)...

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of 14 November 2011, Official Report, column 602W, on clinical commissioning groups, which primary care trusts forecast an...

      NHS: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) nurses, (b) doctors, (c) other clinical staff and (d) managers were employed by the NHS in each of the last 10 years.

      NHS: Private Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether permitting the use of private patient financial payments towards the cost of NHS medical device treatments whilst undergoing NHS medical...

      NHS: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that commissioners are aware of their legal obligation to fund treatments recommended by the National...

      NHS: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the number of instances where NHS hospitals have charged patients more than the equivalent cost of calling a geographical number since...

      Sex: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations his Department has received on the development of documentation on his Department's sexual health policy and the contraceptive needs...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the likely extent of (a) over and (b) under-spending in community services providers for each primary care trust area in...

  • Home Department

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information her Department holds on levels of alcohol-related crime in East Lancashire for each of the last three years.

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the answer of 8 November 2011, Official Report, columns 166-8W, on animal experiments, how much time the Animals in Science...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the answer of 8 November 2011, Official Report, columns 166-68W, on animal experiments, how many preliminary project licence...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the answer of 8 November 2011, Official Report, columns 166-68W, on animal experiments, how many preliminary project licence...

      Crime: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the expected cost of retail crime to (a) businesses, (b) local authorities and (c) the police has been in each of the last five years.

      Criminal Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times UK authorities have accessed the European Criminal Records Information System in each year since its inception; and if she...

      Organised Crime: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment her Department has made of the level of gang activity in Coventry.

      Communications: Improper Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions have taken place following complaints made by the recipients of unwelcome, nuisance or obscene telephone calls and text...

      Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) male and (b) female victims there were in each age group and of each ethnicity for recorded offences involving theft from the...

      Theft: Churches

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of theft or vandalism relating to churches were reported to the police in the last year for which figures are available.

      Metal Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse from metal theft over the last 12 months.

      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 Ministers from (i) the Department for Transport and (ii) the...

      Metal Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which Ministers in her Department have received oral briefings from the National Metal Theft Crime Unit; and when such briefings were given.

      Metal Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with HM Revenue and Customs on metal theft.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) letters and (b) emails he has received on the number of helicopters deployed in Afghanistan in the last 12 months for which figures are...

    • Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the financial support available to (a) sea cadets, (b) army cadets, (c) air cadets and (d) combined cadet forces.

      Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will consider providing further support to sea cadets by offering them insurance provided as part of his Department's central provision.

      Armed Forces: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average level of academic qualification attainment is of recruits (a) enlisting at and (b) graduating from the (i) Army Foundation College...

      Armed Forces: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the minimum academic educational requirement is for recruits to pass out of phase one training at the (a) Army Foundation College Harrogate and (b)...

      Armed Forces: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what nationally recognised (a) GCSE, (b) AS-level, (c) A-level, (d) BTEC, (e) HNC, (f) HND and (g) NVQ qualifications were studied by recruits at the...

      Armed Forces: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what nationally recognised NVQ qualifications were studied by recruits at the Army Foundation College Harrogate; and how many recruits achieved each such...

      Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average cost was of recruitment per recruit for the (a) Royal Air Force, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Army in 2009-10; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Termination of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many military personnel will have been made redundant (a) compulsorily and (b) voluntarily from the (i) Army, (ii) Navy and (iii) Royal Air Force by 2015.

      Armed Forces: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people applied for a place at Sandhurst Academy in each of the last five years; and how many such people were rejected.

      Armed Forces: Wills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what advice his Department provides to members of the armed forces based in Scotland on the drawing up of wills; and whether family members are able to...

      Harrier Aircraft: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the monetary value was of the sale of the (a) Harrier squadrons to the US Government and (b) spare parts of the Harrier fleet; (2) to which...

      HMS Ark Royal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what defence-related restrictions he plans to apply when deciding whether or not to sell the Ark Royal to the Chinese Government; what information his...

      Maritime Zones: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements his Department has made to patrol the maritime zones of British Overseas Territories to monitor and deter illegal activities.

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many fighter planes and bombers are available for use by the Royal Air Force.

      Military Aircraft: Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Army, (b) RAF and (c) Navy helicopters are based in (i) the UK and (ii) Germany.

      Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he plans to publish the review of the rules governing the awarding of medals.

      Navy: Pitcairn Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when a Royal Navy ship last visited Pitcairn Island (a) to patrol UK waters and (b) in any other capacity.

      Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effects on his Department's at sea counter-piracy work of the proposed reductions in his Department's budget.

      RAF Cottesmore and Kinloss

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Army and (b) civilian personnel will be stationed at (i) RAF Kinloss and (ii) RAF Cottesmore in each year between 2011 and 2015.

      Yemen: Military Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the answer of 21 November 2011, Official Report, columns 34-5W, on Yemen, what the training is which is being provided to Yemeni officers in...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Food Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps (a) his Department and (b) public bodies for which he is responsible are taking to ensure that they meet the Government's...

    • Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what procedures his Department has put in place to ensure value for money on purchases; and what savings have been realised through use...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which services his Department has outsourced in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has requested an increase in the overall cap set by the control framework for his Department's levy-funded spending since...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on what date he expects the annual energy statement for 2011 to be published.

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent representations he has received on the British Standards Institution's draft document PAS 2030.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households in North West Durham constituency use prepayment meters to pay for their energy supplies.

  • Transport

    • Departmental Press: Subscriptions

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

    • Felixstowe Port

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will estimate the expected change in the levels of (a) road and (b) rail freight in Cambridgeshire as a result of the opening of the new deep...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) letters and (b) emails her Department has received on High Speed 2 in the last 12 months.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will commission a full assessment of alternatives to the proposed High Speed 2 railway line.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when her Department plans to announce the proposed works to be undertaken in Phase 1 of the Y network for High Speed 2; how such works will facilitate...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she will publish an assessment of the environmental impact of the proposed High Speed 2 railway line on the countryside.

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when her Department will publish (a) its summary of the financial case for the proposed High Speed 2 (HS2) railway line, (b) the projected financial...

      High-speed Trains

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she will publish full details of the technical basis for her Department's statement that operating 18 trains per hour, or more, is feasible on a...

      M180: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects the roadworks to be completed and all carriageways open on the M180 motorway; and if she will make a statement.

      Motor Vehicles: Excise Duties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what her Department's estimate is of the number of vehicles registered on or after 1 March 2001 that have been overcharged for vehicle excise...

      Motor Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department has taken to encourage more people to buy environmentally-friendly cars.

      Roads: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the receipts from (a) congestion charges, (b) road tolls, (c) bridge tolls and (d) other forms of road charging in each...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax: Second Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how councils will be able to measure accurately the number of second homes in their area after proposals to end the council tax...

    • High Rise Flats: Fire Extinguishers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of retrofitting high-rise tower blocks with automatic fire suppression...

      Homelessness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of homelessness acceptances there have been since 2009-10 where the end of an assured...

      Local Government: Trade Union Officials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will take steps to end full-time trade union officials being employed in local government paid for from the public purse.

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what status existing planning policy (a) statements, (b) guidance and (c) circulars will have until the National Planning Policy...

      Regeneration: South West Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to support regeneration in (a) Swindon Borough and (b) the South West.

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has made to promote the take-up of the right to buy.

      Social Rented Housing: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance the Government are giving to local authorities to ensure priority access for service and ex-service personnel for...

      Social Rented Housing: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many members of the armed forces were on social housing waiting lists in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) Scotland in...

  • International Development

    • Food Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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 International Development what proportion of food sourced by his Department was procured from UK food producers in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Food Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to ensure that it meets the Government's buying standards for food and catering.

      Haiti: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will consider having discussions with the Government of the Dominican Republic on the financial assistance needed to deal with...

      International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to ensure that the Millennium Development Goals will be met.

      Somalia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with the representatives of the World Food Programme on the reliability of estimates of the number of (a)...

      Somalia: Reconstruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his most recent assessment is of the level of recovery in Somalia; and if he will make a statement.

  • Education

    • Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how he plans to ensure that the revised statutory guidance, “Working Together to Safeguard Children”, will be appropriately enforced on all...

    • Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on improvements to the collection of data on child neglect by local authorities.

      Food Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department spent on food procurement in each year from 1997 to 2011.

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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...

      Local Safeguarding Children Boards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he plans to take to ensure local safeguarding children boards will be (a) appropriately resourced and (b) able to secure improvement in...

      Youth Services: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the percentage change in each local authority's expenditure on youth services between 2009-10 and 2010-11.

      Youth Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many youth workers were employed in (a) England and (b) each local authority in (i) 2009-10 and (ii) 2010-11.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Mass Media

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what account he took of parliamentary protocol in deciding to give interviews to the BBC and Sky News on the youth contract on 25 November 2011.

    • Mass Media

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will publish details of the media interviews he carried out on 24 and 25 November 2011, including (a) to whom they were made, (b) the subject matter and (c)...

      Procurement

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what procedures his Office has put in place to ensure value for money on purchases; and what savings have been realised through use of such procedures in the last...

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) leaflets, (b) posters and (c) reports his Office has published since May 2010; how much each cost; and which company (i) published and (ii) designed each.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public Sector: Computer Software

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether his Department has considered encouraging public bodies and central Government Departments to use open source software; and how many such bodies...

    • Public Sector: West Midlands

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of people employed in the public sector in (a) the West Midlands and (b) Dudley Borough in each of the next...

      Sustainable Development: Cabinet Committees

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which Cabinet sub-committee is responsible for considering the business plans of Government Departments in relation to sustainable development principles.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprenticeships his Department plans to offer in each of the next four years.

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprenticeship starts have been filled by an (a) employee new to the businesses and (b) existing employee in 2010-11.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what proportion of apprenticeships started in each (a) local authority area and (b) region was taken up by people aged (i)...

      Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many non-tied publicans (a) in Jarrow constituency, (b) in South Tyneside, (c) in the north-east and (d) nationally have...

      Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many breaches of codes of practice by pub companies with their tenants (a) in Jarrow constituency, (b) in South Tyneside, (c)...

      Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what Overseas Market Introduction Service reports UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) has produced for Oxitec Ltd; on what date each...

      Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of partners, proprietors and employees that are engaged in (a) incorporated and (b)...

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the Welsh Assembly Government's (a) ReAct, (b) ProAct, (c) ReAct II and (d) ProAct Skills Growth...

      Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many applications to be listed on the Consumer Credit Public Register have been rejected in each of the last five years; and...

      Daylight Saving Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) from which part of his Department's budget he has made the provision for the payment of money relating to the Daylight...

      Departmental Communication

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) press officers, (b) internal communications officers, (c) external communications officers, (d) communications...

      Departmental Publications

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

      Export Credit Guarantees: Argentina

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr of 9 November 2011, Official Report, column 375W, on...

      G4S

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

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he intends to answer the letter sent to him by the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on 6 October 2011 with regard to...

      Money Lenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many prosecutions have been brought against unlicensed money lenders in each of the last five years.

      National Debtline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many calls have been made to the National Debtline in each month since May 2007.

      Odgers Berndtson

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what payments Odgers Berndtson received from his Department for recruitment services from 1 May 2010 to 30 October 2011; and if...

      Oxitec Ltd

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on what dates meetings between Ministers or officials of his Department and its predecessors and Oxitec Ltd have taken place...

      Public Sector: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the report by the British Chambers of Commerce on skills for business, if he will assess the merits of giving...

      Supermarkets: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on third party referrals to the groceries code adjudicator; and whether he plans to bring forward legislative...

      Trade Unions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding was provided by the Skills Funding Agency and its predecessor bodies to (a) trade unions and (b) TUC Education...

      UK Trade & Investment Overseas Market Introduction Service report

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will place in the Library a copy of each UK Trade & Investment Overseas Market Introduction Service report for Oxitec Ltd.

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people aged between 19 and 24 were not in education, employment or training in Warrington South constituency in each...

      Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on ensuring a minimum professional qualification level for staff providing the telephone careers advice...

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 16 November (WA 148-9), what information they hold about the reasons why 4,930 Gulf War veterans are in...

    • Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many asylum cases are under consideration by the Criminal Cases Directorate; of these, how many relate to persons arrested on entry to the United Kingdom; and...

      BBC: World Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria they and the BBC World Service use in determining regional broadcasting priorities.

      Care Services: Social Work

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to establish a college of social work to champion excellence in the profession and to enhance the profession's role in society.

      Economy: Growth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the United Kingdom's rate of economic growth during the 12 months to the end of September 2011 was lower than that achieved by any other European Union country...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 22 November (WA 222), what steps the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority will take in future to ensure...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 22 November (WA 222), whether the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) followed its stated policy of...

      EU: Credit Rating Agencies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have the power to stop efforts in the European Union to harmonise and increase the scope of credit rating agency liability.

      EU: Parliamentary Scrutiny

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in their review, announced in January 2011, of current arrangements for parliamentary engagement in European Union issues.

      Food: Nutrition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the legal arguments submitted to the Department of Health by the Health Food Manufacturers' Association in relation to the...

      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 Home Office.

      Health: Assessors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the light of the holding of Commissioner Williams in tribunal case CIB/664/2005, the Department for Work and Pensions will make available to all appeal...

      Health: Cancer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current average period between a patient's first reporting of symptoms relating to lung cancer to a general practitioner and diagnosis of lung cancer;...

      Health: Low Priority Procedures

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what health care interventions and procedures are classified as low priority by primary care trusts or clusters in England. To ask Her Majesty's Government what...

      Higher Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, using the latest available figures, how many 19-24 year olds were on full-time further education courses funded by the Skills Funding Agency in England; and what...

      Higher Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, using the latest available figures, what proportion of adults aged 24 and over studying full-time who completed (a) a level three course, and (b) a level four...

      Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 13 November (WA 130), whether they will place a copy of the relevant information on the European...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are aware of any constraints on Israel's possible ability to deploy nuclear weapons unilaterally.

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about whether compensation has been paid to Palestinian owners, who lost land or are severed from...

      Migration Advisory Committee

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the independent economists on the Migration Advisory Committee are able to take up party political appointments; and, if not, whether they will change that...

      Organ Transplantation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what safeguards are in place (1) in the European Union, and (2) in the United Kingdom, to prevent organ trafficking.

      Organ Transplantation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in the United Kingdom to encourage organ donation.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the Department for International Development's expenditure on human resources for health in 2010-11 has been allocated specifically to meet the...

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many passports have been issued by the British embassy to the Holy See in each year since 2005.

      Police and Social Responsibility Act 2011

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take regarding the use of powers conferred by Part 3 of the Police and Social Responsibility Act 2011 (Parliament Square and surrounding...

      Police: Discipline

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 10 November (WA 93), when the Home Office ceased to keep records of the disciplinary record of individual police...

      Prisons: Foreign Nationals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many foreign nationals less than 18 years old were held in custody beyond the expiration of their sentences in the past 12 months; and for how long they were...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money has reached companies and organisations granted funds in the first round of regional growth fund awards; how many offers have been withdrawn since...

      Responsibility Deal Alcohol Network

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many meetings of the Responsibility Deal Alcohol Network have been held since it was formed. To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Responsibility Deal...

      Responsibility Deal Alcohol Network

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what contribution members of the Responsibility Deal Alcohol Network have made to the development of the alcohol strategy; and when the strategy will be published.

      Retail: Online Retailers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will require online retailers such as Amazon.co.uk to publish on their websites the full name, business address, contact telephone number, email...

      Smoking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have conducted an inquiry into the dangers of passive smoking caused by groups of smokers located at the entrances of public buildings; if they have,...

      Surveillance: Telecommunications

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 22 November (HL13224), in deciding not to prevent the sale of surveillance equipment to Iran what account they...

      Unemployment: Under 25s

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures to reduce unemployment among people aged under 25 (a) they have taken in the past 12 months, and (b) they are planning for the future.

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 16 November (WA 168-70), how many confirmations of acceptance for studies each of the 88 tier 4 B rated general...

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 1 November (WA 258), whether Rayat London College and Lampton College London are A or B rated tier 4 student...

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