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Written answers

Monday, 5 December 2011

  • Wales

    • Departmental Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many (a) press officers, (b) internal communications officers, (c) external communications officers, (d) communications strategy officers and (e) other...

    • Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what receptions and events have been hosted by her Department since May 2010, including those sponsored by third parties.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether any senior staff in her Department are paid by means of payments to a limited company in lieu of a salary; and if she will publish her policy on...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what proportion of written questions for answer on a named day received a substantive answer within five working days in each of the last six months.

      Severn River Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions she had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the 2012 toll rise for the Severn river crossings.

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions she has had with the Welsh Government on the availability of the tuition fees subsidy for Welsh students to students from other EU...

  • Prime Minister

    • Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Prime Minister when he plans to respond to the e-mail of 22 June 2011 from St Hild's School in Hartlepool constituency on lowering the voting age.

    • Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Prime Minister what proportion of written questions for answer on a named day received a substantive answer within five working days in each of the last six months.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Prime Minister when he plans to answer the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton of 18 October 2011 with regard to Mr A Challenger.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what representations he has made to HM Treasury on the rate of air passenger duty for direct long-haul passengers departing from airports in...

    • Corporation Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what his policy is on the devolution of powers relating to corporation tax to the Northern Ireland Assembly and Executive; (2) what...

      Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what receptions and events have been hosted by his Department since May 2010, including those sponsored by third parties.

      Departmental Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which services his Department has outsourced in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of written questions for answer on a named day received a substantive answer within five working days in each of the last six months.

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) press officers, (b) internal communications officers, (c) external communications officers, (d) communications strategy officers and (e)...

    • Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what receptions and events have been hosted by his Department since May 2010, including those sponsored by third parties.

      Procurement

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

      Postcodes

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

      Summertime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what budget his Department has allocated for the review of moving to central European time in the UK.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to help small and medium-sized arts organisations increase their business and marketing skills.

    • Arts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with Arts Council England on increasing the condition of funding for arts organisations that...

      BBC: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what discussions he has had with the BBC Trust regarding the nomination process for Sports Personality of the Year; and...

      Capita

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether any senior staff in (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies are paid by...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport which services his Department has outsourced in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many (a) museums and art galleries, (b) music teachers and schools, (c) ballet and dance schools, (d) theatres and concert...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what proportion of written questions for answer on a named day received a substantive answer within five working days in each...

      Music: Curriculum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education concerning the inclusion of music in the National Curriculum.

      National Lottery: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of National Lottery grant applications in deprived areas.

      National Lottery: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with National Lottery grants distribution bodies about the process for grants awards after the...

      National Lottery: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the ratio is of National Lottery funding given in grants in (a) Liverpool, Walton, (b) Sunderland Central and (c)...

      Olympic Games 2012: Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to ensure that local media organisations have adequate access to cover the London 2012 Olympics.

      Olympic Games 2012: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what proportion of residents in Banff and Buchan reside within (a) 10 miles and (b) 20 miles of the route of the Olympic Flame.

      Overseas Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the number of overseas visitors likely to visit the UK in each of the next 10 years.

      Public Libraries: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many county councils charge for the borrowing of audio books from libraries.

      Video Games: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with Welsh Ministers on the implementation of the Next Gen report for the (a) video games and (b)...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take steps to reinstate the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund.

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what subsidies have been identified as environmentally harmful under the (a) framework of the Nagoya summit on biodiversity,...

      Agriculture: Water Abstraction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of national freshwater resource is extracted for use in agriculture.

      Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she plans to carry out a comprehensive assessment of the condition of habitats in England.

      Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she plans to publish the results of the review of the current set of biodiversity indicators.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what new scientific evidence has emerged since the Bovine TB Eradication Group for England issued its report on Developing a...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason farmers in England receive more compensation for non-pedigree cattle over 36 months old affected by bovine TB...

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what meetings she has had on dangerous dogs since May 2010; and what meetings she plans to have in the next three months.

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she last met individuals injured in dangerous dog attacks.

      Advertising: Job Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department has spent on advertising job vacancies since May 2010.

      Departmental Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much members of her departmental management board have claimed in expenses since May 2010.

      Departmental Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has received representations concerning (a) the Big Society Bank, (b) the Work Programme and (c) volunteering...

      Departmental Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 June 2010, Official Report, column 207W, on departmental flags, whether her Department has flown...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 her Department has received in each month since May 2010; how...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in respect of how many responses to requests for information received by her Department under the Freedom of Information Act...

      Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which Minister in her Department is responsible for determining whether exemptions to the Freedom of Information Act 2000...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs who the lead Minister in her Department is for (a) infectious diseases: animal and plant, (b) flooding and (c) food and water...

      Earth Summit 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consultation she plans to undertake on her policy for the Rio Earth Summit 2012.

      Fisheries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the monetary value of fish caught by the 10 metre and under fleet was in each of the last five years; and if she will...

      Fishing Catches

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on the proposals in the 2012 draft common fisheries policy to ban discards of certain species which are...

      Fuels: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much refuse derived fuel was exported in 2010.

      Marine Conservation Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what additional work her Department has commissioned to support the designation of marine conservation zones; and if she will...

      Marine Conservation Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what weighting she plans to give to (a) social, (b) economic and (c) environmental consequences when designating marine...

      Natural Capital Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how frequently she expects the Natural Capital Committee to report to Government; (2) whether the Natural Capital...

      Nature Conservation: British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to protect critically endangered species in British overseas territories.

      Nature Conservation: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many prosecutions have resulted from detection by the National Wildlife Crime Unit in each of the last four years.

      Rural Areas: Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much of the £20 million to be provided for the Rural Community Broadband Fund is being provided by (a) Broadband...

      Sites of Special Scientific Interest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how often sites of special scientific interest are monitored that are considered as high risk.

      Sites of Special Scientific Interest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department has a target for the number of sites of special scientific interest that should be in favourable...

      Sites of Special Scientific Interest

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many sites of special scientific interest are considered to be at high risk.

      Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to encourage improved water efficiency in (a) industrial processes and (b) commercial...

      Water Abstraction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has made an estimate of the likely available national annual water resource up to 2050.

      Water Abstraction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the likelihood of the annual level of water withdrawals exceeding 40 per cent. of the...

      Water Abstraction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate she has made of the annual water withdrawal as a proportion of available water resource nationally.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she intends to answer question 74208 tabled by the hon. Member for Dundee East on 10 October 2011.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she intends to answer question 74898 tabled by the hon. Member for Angus on 12 October 2011 on London weighting and...

  • Justice

    • Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2011, Official Report, column 404W, on appeals, how many appeal cases were heard (a) with and (b) without legal...

    • Ashfield Prison: Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people who participated in the project run by 2nd Chance at HM Prison Ashfield reoffended following release; what proportion of the total number...

      Birmingham Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what expenditure has been incurred by his Department on new locks at HM Prison Birmingham since G4S took over the running of that prison.

      Birmingham Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost was to (a) his Department and (b) the National Offender Management Service of preparing for HM Prison Birmingham to be operated by G4S.

      Chelmsford Prison: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign nationals remained at Chelmsford Prison after completing their prison sentences in each of the last five years; for what length of time;...

      Courts: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many complaints HM Courts and Tribunals Service have received on the conduct of security staff contracted from MITIE in the last 12 months.

      Crown Lands and Estates: Cornwall

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice from which category of Crown land fee simple owners in Cornwall hold title to their properties.

      Cybercrime: Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans his Department has to extend the imprisonment term for people found guilty of breaching section 127(3) of the Communications Act 2003.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the total cost to the public purse was of developing the You be the Judge interactive facility on his Department's website.

      Judicial Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his policy is on (a) the recovery of legal costs from failed applicants for judicial review and (b) enforcement of any such recovery; and whether...

      Magistrates Courts: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many magistrates' courts premises in Wales he expects to make available for (a) sale, (b) rent and (c) uses other than as court houses.

      Malicious Communications Act 1988

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions for offences under the Malicious Communications Act 1988 there have been; and what estimate his Department...

      Offenders: Community Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) violent criminals, (b) sex offenders and (c) sex offenders with convictions relating to paedophilia have been released into the community...

      Perjury: International Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the requirements of Chapter 2 Article 5 Section 3 of the United Nations Convention in respect of measures to prevent...

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 24 November 2011, Official Report, column 578W, on prison accommodation (1) if he will provide a breakdown on the new prisons...

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much increased operational capacity in each prison in England and Wales was due to (a) new prison accommodation becoming available, (b) existing...

      Prison Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what existing unused prison accommodation was brought back into use in each prison in each month from 1 May 2010 to 1 November 2011.

      Prison Service: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many employees of HM Prison Service have criminal convictions.

      Prison Service: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people the Prison Service employed in Wales in each of the last five years; (2) what estimate he has made of the number of people...

      Prisoners: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much compensation was paid to prisoners in each of the last five years in each claim category; and to how many cases such claims related in each such...

      Prisons: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners at HM Prison (a) Preston and (b) Kirkham were receiving paid employment of more than (i) £10, (ii) £25 and (iii) £50...

      Prisons: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to Prison Service Instruction 48/2011, (1) how much revenue has been raised in respect of the levy charges on prisoner earnings under...

      Prisons: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what renovation, refurbishment and redecoration works in prisons have been cancelled or postponed since July 2011; and what the reason was in each case.

      Probation Service: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people the probation service employed in Wales in each of the last five years; (2) what estimate he has made of the number of people...

      Smoking: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions for smoking in vehicles used for work have resulted in a conviction in each year since 2007.

      Trials: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions defendants have been found not guilty by a jury due to mental impairment attributable to post-traumatic stress disorder in the last...

      Witnesses: Intimidation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of cases where a witness has been intimidated by prisoners on remand in each of the last five years.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 21 November 2011, Official Report, column 35W, on biofuels, whether his definition of stemwood corresponds to...

    • Boilers: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households in St Helens South and Whiston constituency have replaced a boiler under the boiler scrappage scheme.

      Boilers: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has had any recent discussions with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the future of the boiler scrappage scheme.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the revenue that will be generated from the first sale of emission allowances to Carbon Reduction...

      Civil Nuclear Constabulary: Arrests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many arrests the Civil Nuclear Constabulary has made since May 2010; and how many of those arrests resulted in prosecutions.

      Climate Change: Developing Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of the long-term finance from the Government's International Climate Fund for developing countries is projected to be...

      Departmental Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) press officers, (b) internal communications officers, (c) external communications officers, (d) communications strategy...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether any senior staff in (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies are paid by means of...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of written questions for answer on a named day received a substantive answer within five working days in each of the...

      Dounreay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the total capital cost was of the three reactors built at Dounreay; what the total output of electricity was over their lifespan;...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of reverting to a pool system of electricity supply.

      Electricity: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the average costs were per MWh of electricity generated from (a) coal, (b) gas and (c) nuclear in (i) 1981, (ii) 1990, (iii) 2000...

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of properties that (a) meet the grade C energy performance certificate standard and (b) will...

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has made a recent assessment of the energy security and national resilience implications of the current level of diversity...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will issue guidance to town and parish councils on how they may assist in delivering (a) measures to reduce emissions of...

      Energy: Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans his Department has to work with all those organisations that did not take early action under the Carbon Reduction Commitment...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to ensure small and medium-sized business can participate in delivering the smart metering roll-out programme.

      Energy: Taxation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his most recent assessment is of the likelihood of his Department meeting its timetable for implementation of new energy company...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of households that have been lifted out of fuel poverty as a direct result of the (a) Community...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of households that will be lifted out of fuel poverty as a direct result of the Green Deal by 1...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of households that will be lifted out of fuel poverty as a direct result of the affordable...

      Fuel Poverty: North-east England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of people in fuel poverty in (a) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency, (b)...

      Greenhouse Gas Emissions: International Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether, in the absence of a successor to the Kyoto protocol, the Government are prepared to agree new emissions reductions targets...

      Heating Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has to encourage households that use heating oil to switch to less carbon intensive fuels.

      Oil and Gas: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate his Department used for the price of (a) oil and (b) gas in (i) 2020 and (ii) 2030 to establish the baseline scenario in...

      Oil: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what information his Department holds on the amount of carbon dioxide emissions arising from the extraction and combustion of a barrel...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) how many Housing Revenue Account tenanted properties have feed-in tariff installations in the UK; (2) how many Housing Revenue...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether the timetable set by his Department for implementation of the recently announced changes to feed-in tariffs conform with...

      Renewable Energy: Heating

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with representatives of the Oil Firing Technical Association on the inclusion of bioliquids in the...

      Scottish Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when officials of his Department last met officials of the Scottish Government to discuss fuel poverty.

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what talks his Department has had with banks regarding loans held by companies engaged in solar panel installation.

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what methodology he used to determine the figures for a return on investment for solar photovoltaic tariffs set at the proposed rate.

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether (a) his Department or (b) Ofgem collect information on the number of solar photovoltaic panels installed under the feed-in...

      Water: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what consideration he has given to ensuring flexibility in his planned smart meter procurement to allow the later addition of smart...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the government of Afghanistan on the number of Afghan women attending the Bonn...

    • Afghanistan: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will include a section on developments in gender equality and the involvement of women in his monthly reports to...

      Afghanistan: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to ensure there is adequate discussion on women's rights in Afghanistan at the Bonn Conference.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the effects of the decision to withdraw the Helmand Provincial Reconstruction Team from Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the decision was taken to withdraw the Helmand Provincial Reconstruction Team from Afghanistan in line with the timetable...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether there will be any conditions attached to the withdrawal of the Helmand Provincial Reconstruction Team from Afghanistan.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the decision to withdraw the Helmand Provincial Reconstruction Team from Afghanistan in line with the timetable set out...

      Afghanistan: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Afghanistan on the decision of the Loya Jirga on the Strategic...

      Armed Forces: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to assist child soldiers who have been released from service.

      Armed Forces: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Ugandan Government on the use of child soldiers by the National Liberation Army.

      Armed Forces: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government have any diplomatic relations with countries in which child soldiers operate.

      Armed Forces: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will estimate the number of child soldiers deployed around the world.

      Armed Forces: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking with his international counterparts to end the practice of using child soldiers.

      British Overseas Territories: Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on including in the Overseas...

      British Virgin Islands: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what date the Governor of the British Virgin Islands discussed his invitation of election observers to observe elections in...

      British Virgin Islands: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the invitation to the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States to observe elections in the British Virgin Islands in...

      Departmental Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many (a) press officers, (b) internal communications officers, (c) external communications officers, (d) communications...

      Departmental Judicial Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on (a) the recovery of legal costs from failed applicants for judicial review and (b) enforcement of any such...

      Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what receptions and events have been hosted by his Department since May 2010, including those sponsored by a third party.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which services his Department has outsourced in each of the last five years.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what proportion of written questions for answer on a named day received a substantive answer within five working days in each of...

      Foreign Relations: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department has any programme in place to educate children on the UK's foreign relations.

      Iraq: Human Trafficking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Government of Iraq on (a) tackling trafficking for sexual exploitation and (b)...

      Israel: OECD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answers of 1 December 2010, Official Report, column 830W and 16 June 2011, Official Report, column 906W, on...

      Israel: OECD

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answers of 1 December 2010, Official Report, column 830W and 16 June 2011, Official Report, column 906W, on...

      Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill 2010-12

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment (a) he and (b) officials in his Department have made of the potential effect of the provisions of the Legal Aid,...

      Lord Ahmed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the decision by the Pakistani authorities to declare Lord Ahmed of Rotherham persona non grata;...

      Postcodes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department uses postcodes for purposes other than the postage of mail.

      Turks and Caicos Islands: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what date he expects elections to take place in the Turks and Caicos Islands; and if he will make a statement.

  • Home Department

    • Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many section 4 payment cards are being used by people residing in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland.

    • Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which retailers participate in the section 4 payment card scheme; and what plans the UK Border Agency has to extend the (a) number and (b)...

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much in unspent credit has been recovered from section 4 payment cards in each month since the scheme was introduced.

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will consider the merits of increasing the weekly carry-over limit for the section 4 payment card.

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will assess the merits of extending the section 4 payment card scheme to include charity shops.

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if the UK Border Agency will bring forward proposals to allow users of the section 4 payment card to check card balances (a) online and (b)...

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much credit is allocated to section 4 payment cards for an individual with children.

      Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on reimbursement of costs to police authorities affected by the August 2011 public disorder.

      Departmental Audit

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

      Departmental Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) press officers, (b) internal communications officers, (c) external communications officers, (d) communications strategy officers...

      Procurement

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

      Deportation: Pakistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been deported to Pakistan from (a) Pendle constituency, (b) East Lancashire and (c) the UK in each of the last 10 years.

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men and (b) women who were victims of domestic violence offences in 2010 had previously been a victim of domestic violence by...

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to minimise the reduction in education export levels arising from the proposed changes to student visas.

      Extradition: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the contribution of the Minister for Immigration to the debate of 24 November 2011, Official Report, column 191WH, on...

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many criminal damage cases recorded by the Metropolitan police have involved the use of firearms yet have not been recorded as a gun...

      Fireworks: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department to how many incidents involving fireworks police were called in (a) St Helens South and Whiston constituency, (b) Merseyside and (c) England...

      Human Trafficking: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with Ministers in the Northern Ireland Executive and the government of Ireland on human trafficking.

      Identity and Passport Service: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much money the Identity and Passport Service has refunded to customers in circumstances where agreed levels of service were not met in...

      Identity Cards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the final cost in (a) compensation and (b) decommissioning costs for the identity card scheme.

      Migration: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many non-British EU nationals are resident in the UK; and how many UK nationals are resident in EU countries outside the UK.

      Police: Baton Rounds

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance is issued to police forces on the deployment of baton rounds; and how any such deployment is authorised.

      Police: Demonstrations

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with police forces in England on the policing of (a) English Defence League and (b) British National...

      Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the potential savings to police budgets arising from (a) centralised procurement and (b) force collaboration...

      Repatriation: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on assisted voluntary return in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and what the (a)...

      UK Border Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff who have left the UK Border Agency in the last two years have been offered contract work in border control during the London...

  • Treasury

    • Child Care Vouchers

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what steps his Department is taking to encourage the uptake of child care vouchers by (a) employers and (b) employees; (2) what information his...

    • Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which services his Department has outsourced in each of the last five years.

      Enterprise Zones: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions his Department has had with the Welsh Government on capital allowances in relation to the implementation of enterprise zones in Wales; and...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department has taken to ensure payments are made to Equitable Life policyholders who are eligible for compensation under the Government's...

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions he has met with the Federation of Small Businesses to discuss the introduction of a fiscally-neutral fuel duty stabiliser.

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what consideration he has given to extending the fuel duty discount pilot scheme; (2) if he will estimate the cost of extending the fuel duty...

      Financial Services Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what information his Department holds on the level of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme levy on the general insurance intermediary class in (a)...

      National Insurance Contributions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration he has given to extending the national insurance contributions holiday to micro-businesses which employ a young person. [R]

      Non-domestic Rates: Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on plans to mitigate the effect on small retail businesses of the increase in business rates planned for April 2012.

      Postcodes

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department uses postcodes for purposes other than the postage of mail.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate total public spending (a) in 2009-10 in current prices and (b) if it increased by the rate of inflation from 1997-98 onwards.

      Revenue and Customs: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which HM Revenue and Customs departments redeployed staff for new anti-evasion and avoidance jobs will work in; and when they will begin work in their new roles.

      Taxation: Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what criteria HM Revenue and Customs uses to decide when to (a) change the terms of payment plans for companies in arrears and (b) seek a legal remedy in...

      Taxation: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will consider using revenue from the carbon tax to fund measures to promote energy efficiency.

      Taxation: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what taxation arrangements will apply to visiting athletes and staff for the London 2012 Olympics; what estimate he has made of the effect on the level of...

      VAT: Aviation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on the application of VAT to (a) intra-community and (b) international flights.

      Welfare Tax Credits

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average amount is of tax credits paid to households with capital of (a) £15,900 and (b) between £15,000 and £15,999.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Average Earnings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average hourly rate of pay was for (a) each decile of the working population and (b) the top 1% of earners in current prices in (i) 1981 and...

    • British Overseas Territories: Cabinet Committees

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether any Cabinet sub-committee has discussed the inclusion in the Overseas Territories White Paper of a target to halt overall loss of biodiversity...

      Communities First Fund

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what targets his Department has set for the Community First scheme; and how his Department plans to monitor performance against such targets.

      Communities First Fund

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what progress has been made in establishing the Community First scheme.

      Cybercrime

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many meetings he has had with Ministers from the devolved administrations in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland regarding the...

      Cybercrime: Scotland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to ensure that the UK Cyber Security Strategy involves Scottish small and medium-sized enterprises.

      Departmental Communications

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many (a) press officers, (b) internal communications officers, (c) external communications officers, (d) communications strategy officers and (e)...

      Official Hospitality

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what receptions and events have been hosted by his Department since May 2010, including those sponsored by third parties.

      Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which services his Department has outsourced in each of the last five years.

      Public Relations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the monetary value was of (a) public opinion research and (b) public relations contracts awarded by his Department in (i) London and (ii) elsewhere...

      Recruitment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will publish the list of executive search companies on (a) Lot 1 of the Cabinet Office call off contract and (b) all other lots of the Cabinet...

      Federation of Student Islamic Societies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 8 November 2011, Official Report, column 272W, on the Federation of Student Islamic Societies, if he will place in the Library...

      G4S

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office 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...

      Government Departments: Printing

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what progress his Department is making on encouraging greater use of shared print services across government.

      Government Departments: Printing

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the potential savings to Government Departments through use of shared print services.

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of Government contracts were aggregated into larger contracts as part of the procurement process in the latest period for which figures...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what progress has been made towards meeting the Government's target that 25% of central Government supplies are procured from small and medium-sized...

      Infrastructure: Scotland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what critical national infrastructure is (a) based in Scotland and (b) under the legislative competence of the Scottish Government.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) when he expects to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Hammersmith of 17 October 2011 on ministerial conflicts of interest; (2) when...

      Postcodes

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether his Department uses postcodes for purposes other than the postage of mail.

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 15 November 2011, Official Report, column 706-7W, on public sector: pay, if he will provide numerical estimates for employees...

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when he last met representatives of the TUC to discuss the public sector pension dispute.

      Public Sector: Redditch

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the number of people employed in the public sector in Redditch in each of the next three years.

      Social Justice Committee

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many meetings of the Social Justice Committee (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have attended since its establishment.

      Stationery Office: Security

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what discussions he has had with The Stationery Office on secure storage of Government documents prior to publication.

      Voluntary Work

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what progress has been made in establishing the Community Organisers programme.

      Voluntary Work

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what targets his Department has set for the Community Organisers programme; and how his Department plans to monitor performance against such targets.

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what discussions he has had with organisations representing deaf young people on improving access to National Citizen Service programmes for (a) deaf...

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps his Department has taken to ensure deaf young people have access to National Citizen Service programmes.

      Voluntary Work: Young People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many deaf young people have participated in National Citizen Service programmes to date.

      Deparmental Written Questions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when he plans to answer question 12456 from the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire on Public Opinion Research, tabled on 6 September 2010.

  • Transport

    • Special Advisers

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

    • Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what her policy is on the future of the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee; and if she will make a statement.

      Driving Instruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she has had with (a) the police and (b) other public bodies on the potential benefits of providing preparatory training to young...

      Driving Instruction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) financial and (b) other support her Department provides for Pathfinder driving schools; and if she will make a statement.

      East Anglia Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many trains are in service on the National Express East Anglia Great Eastern Line.

      East Anglia Railway Line: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of how many trains will be in service on the Great Eastern Line under the new franchise holders.

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the adequacy of east coast main line services north of York.

      Felixstowe-Nuneaton Railway Line: Freight

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what financial support her Department provided to the Felixstowe to Nuneaton Phase 2 rail freight upgrade in the last financial year; and if she will...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will conduct a strategic appraisal of phase II of the planned Y network before a final decision on phase I is undertaken; and if she will...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when her Department expects to complete work on (a) train diagrams, (b) projected operating costs and (c) rolling stock purchases for services on the Y...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when her Department expects to produce a comprehensive statement of the likely patterns of services on the classic network after High Speed 2 is...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the potential benefits to the Scottish economy of the proposed High Speed 2 network.

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost to her Department will be of reorganising the Maritime Coastguard Agency in (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13; and what steps she is taking to...

      Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has for the future of the empty premises (a) owned and (b) leased by the Maritime Coastguard Agency following the closure of coastguard...

      Motorways: Garages and Petrol Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment she has made of the cost of fuel on motorways; and if she will ensure that drivers on motorways are made aware of the...

      Railways: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recommendations were made following the incident at Tebay on 15 February 2004 involving a runaway trolley; and what progress has been made...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what external consultants have advised the Government on rail franchising policy in the last 18 months; what the cost of such advice was in each...

      Rescue Services: Portland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will publish the analyses upon which her decision to close the search and rescue helicopter base at Portland was based.

      Severn River Crossing: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent estimate she has made of the likely completion date of the Severn Crossings toll concession.

      Severn River Crossing: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions (a) she, (b) her immediate predecessor and (c) other Ministers in her Department have had with Severn River Crossings plc and others...

      Severn River Crossing: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she intends to publish plans for the future of the Severn river crossing following the end of the concession period.

      Severn River Crossing: Tolls

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions (a) she and (b) her departmental officials have had with Severn River Crossing plc and others on the future of the Severn crossing...

      Thameslink Railway Line: 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 management actions Interfleet...

  • Work and Pensions

    • AWE: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when the Health and Safety Executive plans to announce its decision on what steps will be taken concerning the Atomic Weapons Establishment...

    • Legal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which organisations that have received funding from his Department have brought legal proceedings against his Department in the last five...

      Judicial Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on (a) the recovery of legal costs from failed applicants for judicial review and (b) enforcement of any such recovery; and...

      Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what receptions and events have been hosted by his Department since May 2010, including those sponsored by a third party.

      Departmental Publications

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

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent representations his Department has received on the time-limiting of contributory employment and support allowance.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what alternatives to a 12-month time limit on contributory employment and support allowance were considered by his Department; and what the...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make an assessment of the potential effects of time-limiting contributory employment and support allowance (ESA) on benefits advice...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assumptions he made about the rate of reassessment for employment and support allowance of people in receipt of incapacity benefit when...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many applicants for employment and support allowance his Department has decided should (a) receive the allowance in the (i) support group...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy to provide targeted support for employment in areas where the (a) rate of long-term unemployment increases above...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he plans to take to ensure funds from the Youth Contract programme flow proportionally to areas with high incidences of long-term...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the right to data in the Open Services White Paper will apply to the Work Programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 23 November 2011, Official Report, column 375W, on employment schemes, whether he has received any representations...

      Employment Schemes: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what personal information is passed from Jobcentre Plus to a provider when a jobseeker is referred to the Work Programme.

      Employment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether voluntary and community sector organisations will be eligible to receive wage subsidies under the Youth Contract.

      Future Jobs Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were placed in employment through the future jobs fund in each parliamentary constituency since October 2009.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of income received by households affected by the household benefit cap is accounted for by (a) housing benefit and (b) council...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what methodology will be used to calculate future discretionary housing payment allocations in relation to the Government's planned increase.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many 25 to 34 year olds he expects to be affected by the introduction of the single room rate in each local authority area.

      Housing Benefit: Brent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people claim the shared accommodation rate of housing benefit in Brent North constituency; and what estimate he has made of the likely...

      Housing Benefit: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the proposed abolition of direct payment of local housing allowance to private landlords.

      Housing Benefit: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with private landlords on the proposed abolition of direct payment of local housing allowance.

      Housing Benefit: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households claiming (a) housing benefit and (b) local housing allowance in (i) Wales and (ii) each local authority in Wales have...

      Housing Benefit: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people aged between 25 and 35 in each local authority area in Wales in receipt of housing benefit and not currently in receipt of the...

      Housing Benefit: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in receipt of housing benefit or local housing allowance in Wales contain (a) one, (b) two or (c) three or more...

      Housing Benefit: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in receipt of housing benefit or local housing allowance also claim out-of-work benefits in (a) Wales and (b) each local...

      Income Support: Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many claimants receiving income-related benefit were receiving support for mortgage interest in each month of the last five years in each...

      Pensioners: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of pensioners had a net annual income of (a) up to £5,200, (b) £5,201 to £10,400, (c) £10,401 to...

      Personal Independence Payment: Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he plans to take to ensure that people with (a) multiple sclerosis and (b) other long-term degenerative conditions are not required...

      Postcodes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department uses postcodes for purposes other than the postage of mail.

      Social Security Benefits: Durham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people who will cease to receive (a) incapacity benefit and (b) all benefits in North West Durham...

      Social Security Benefits: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total expenditure was on welfare benefits excluding pensions, in each parliamentary constituency in the last 12 months for which...

      Social Security Benefits: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of families in Peterborough constituency who will be affected by the proposed benefit cap from April...

      Unemployment: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the number of former armed forces personnel who are (a) unemployed and (b) long-term unemployed; (2) what...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department has spent on its proposals on the universal credit to date.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with local authorities on delivery of the universal credit; and if he will make a statement.

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will consider increasing the level of winter fuel payments over the next four years for pensioners over the age of 80.

      Winter Fuel Payments: Newport East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was paid in winter fuel payments to residents of Newport East constituency in 2010-11; and how much he expects to be paid to such...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the potential effects of work capability assessment decisions on the level of unemployment since May 2010.

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 24 November 2011, Official Report, columns 569-70W, on work capability assessment, how many reassessments of...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what proportion of written questions for answer on a named day received a substantive answer within five working days in each of the last six months.

    • Duchy of Cornwall

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether the Duchy of Cornwall is an Office of State.

  • Education

    • Academies: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what reports he has received of planned academy schools not going ahead due to difficulties with private finance initiative arrangements; which schools...

    • Academies: Redditch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of the effect of academies on educational (a) equalities and (b) attainment in Redditch.

      Bus Services: Concessions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the need to provide concessionary bus fares for 16 to 18-year-olds following the raising of the participation age.

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the publication by the National Deaf Children's Society entitled Social care for deaf children and young people: a guide...

      Child Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he last had contact with the Local Safeguarding Children Board in Birmingham on arrangements for deaf children; and if he will review the existing...

      Procurement

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

      Education: Romford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much funding his Department has provided to (a) (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools and (b) sixth forms and colleges in Romford constituency in...

      Employment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will make an assessment of (a) the teaching of basic skills in schools in improving the employability of school leavers and (b) the findings of...

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many civil servants in his Department are employed to work on free schools policy.

      Further Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the total funding is for 16 to 18 education (a) in total and (b) per capita in (i) Birmingham, (ii) Newcastle, (iii) Wakefield, (iv) Manchester,...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the average UCAS points score of first year undergraduate students was in each of the last 10 years.

      School Meals: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he has plans to bring forward proposals to repeal or amend the provisions of the Education (Nutritional Standards for School Lunches) (England)...

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many representations he has received on shortages of (a) primary school places and (b) secondary school places in Lambeth in the last 12 months.

      Schools: Colchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many demountable classrooms there were in Colchester constituency in (a) May 1997 and (b) May 2010.

      Special Educational Needs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he plans to review the level of special educational needs (SEN) funding allocated to academies within the remit of local authorities that...

      University Technical Colleges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made on the potential effect of university technical colleges on the development of (a) green energy and (b) other emerging markets.

  • International Development

    • Stephen Crouch

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what meetings (a) he, (b) his Ministers and (c) senior officials of his Department have had with Stephen Crouch since May 2010.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Civil Partnerships: Ceremonies

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Rhondda (Chris Bryant) of 15 September 2011, Official Report, column 1180, on civil partnership...

  • Attorney-General

    • Crown Prosecution Service: Grimsby

      To ask the Attorney-General what estimate he has made of the redundancy costs resulting from the closure of the Grimsby office of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS); what the financial saving to...

    • Crown Prosecution Service: Grimsby

      To ask the Attorney-General how many staff of Grimsby Crown Prosecution Service Unit have (a) transferred to Hull Crown Prosecution Service and (b) taken redundancy under the voluntary exit...

      Crown Prosecution Service: Grimsby

      To ask the Attorney-General what consultations his Department had with (a) police in South Humberside, (b) North East Lincolnshire Council, (c) hon. Members representing constituencies near...

      Crown Prosecution Service: ICT

      To ask the Attorney-General what funding the Crown Prosecution Service has allocated to the introduction of tablet devices as part of its Transforming Through Technology programme.

      Crown Prosecution Service: ICT

      To ask the Attorney-General whether the tablet devices being introduced by the Crown Prosecution Service as part of its Transforming Through Technology programme have been subject to a health and...

      Crown Prosecution Service: ICT

      To ask the Attorney-General what the weight is of the tablet devices being introduced by the Crown Prosecution Service as part of its Transforming Through Technology programme; and whether...

      Crown Prosecution Service: ICT

      To ask the Attorney-General what estimate he has made of the proportion of the Crown Prosecution Service's planned budgetary savings from (a) voluntary staff redundancies and (b) the Transforming...

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Attorney-General what assessment his Department has made of how long the tablet devices being introduced as part of the Transforming Through Technology programme will be in service.

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received from the retail and drinks industry on the introduction of a minimum unit price for alcohol.

    • Antibiotics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of viable new antibiotics in development or testing; and what recent assessment he has made of the development...

      Cancer: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in each primary care trust area have received NHS medication through the Cancer Drugs Fund since its creation.

      Capita

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

      Children: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding in total (a) was paid in 2010-11 and (b) will be paid in 2011-12 to (i) the Family Planning Association, (ii) After Adoption Yorkshire,...

      Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the most recent meeting took place of the executive of the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence; and what matters were discussed at that meeting.

      Death Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what impact assessment his Department has undertaken of the proposed transfer of responsibility for the certification of deaths from primary care...

      Dementia: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on research on the (a) causes and (b) treatment of dementia since 2010.

      Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what contribution his Department has made to the cross-Government review of advice funding announced in July 2011.

      Departmental Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) press officers, (b) internal communications officers, (c) external communications officers, (d) communications strategy officers and (e)...

      Judicial Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which organisations that have received funding from his Department have brought legal proceedings against his Department in the last five years;...

      Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what receptions and events have been hosted by his Department since May 2010, including those sponsored by a third party.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether any senior staff in (a) his Department and (b) its Executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies are paid by means of payments to a...

      Procurement

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

      Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what regulations his Department introduced in each financial year between 1997-98 and 2009-10; and what the estimated cost of implementation was in each case.

      Health Services: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to ensure cardiovascular disease in men is diagnosed as early as possible; (2) what steps he is taking to ensure that type...

      Health Services: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps the Government have taken to improve the provision of health services to victims of sexual crime in the West Midlands.

      Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of the provisions of the Health and Social Care Bill on (a) patient safety and (b) safeguarding children in London.

      Health: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether he has any plans to include testosterone tests as part of the assessment of diabetes risk in the men's health check; (2) whether he has any...

      NHS Trusts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) debt and (b) revenue budget balance has been of each NHS hospital trust in England outside of London in each of the last four years.

      NHS Trusts: Private Finance Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what payment would have to be made to enable the relevant health care trust to exit each private finance initiative contract signed by his Department...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many clinical negligence claims involving a fatality were made in each year since 1997-8; and what the monetary value was of payments made against...

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS paid in employer contributions to NHS pensions in each financial year since 1997-98 in respect of (a) senior managers, (b) general...

      NHS: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of retired members of the NHS pension scheme who are in receipt of £33,000 or more per year as part of their...

      NHS: Public Bodies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date each (a) foundation trust, (b) NHS social enterprise, (c) pathfinder clinical commissioning group, (d) practice-based commissioning groups...

      Obesity: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on tackling childhood obesity; and if he will make a statement.

      Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been treated by the NHS in each of the last 10 years.

      Postcodes

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

      Pregnant Women: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what services are provided by his Department to partners of expectant mothers in Coventry.

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which hospitals provide Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy Treatment (SBRT) for cancer patients; and how many (a) early stage lung cancer and (b)...

      Social Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent discussions he has had with Ministers in the Department for Communities and Local Government on the possible extra costs for the NHS of...

      Social Services: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure consistent levels of provision of social care support across the country.

      Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress he has made in preventing the spread of tuberculosis.

  • Defence

    • Stephen Crouch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether (a) he, (b) officials of his Department and (c) special advisers in his Department have met Mr Stephen Crouch on official business since May...

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to provide additional minutes of free talk time above normal allocations over the Christmas and new year period for armed forces...

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the proportion of Christmas cards and gifts sent to British service personnel in Afghanistan which arrived in time for...

      Air Force: Military Bases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 19 October 2011, Official Report, column 993W, on Air Force: military bases, what the (a) names and (b) positions held are of...

      Armed Forces: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many arrests have been made by the Ministry of Defence Police since May 2010; and how many of those arrests resulted in prosecutions.

      Armed Forces: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the use of depth therapy for the physical and psychological rehabilitation of wounded service personnel.

      Armed Forces: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to make information about injured service personnel more accessible to the public.

      Armed Forces: Members

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations his Department has received from (a) civilian and (b) military sources concerning the (i) operations and (ii) sponsorship of the...

      Armed Forces: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of (a) current and (b) former members of the armed forces who have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

      Armoured Fighting Vehicles: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many UK armoured vehicles have undergone major repair and overhaul in the last five years; what proportion of the fleet this represents; and where...

      AWE Aldermaston: Committees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the remit of the Atomic Weapons Establishment's Local Liaison Committee includes consideration of classified information relating to matters...

      Charities

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

      Cyprus: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) to which local authorities service personnel currently stationed in Cyprus will return; and how many such personnel will return to each such local...

      Defence Acquisition Independent Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which recommendations from the Gray Review of Defence Acquisition the Government (a) has implemented and (b) plans to implement.

      Defence: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much of the £4.3 billion new front-line savings identified in the Strategic Defence and Security Review have been made to date.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent estimate he has made of the (a) cost and (b) delivery timescale of the Falcon Increment A Project; what the budget was for the project; and...

      Food Procurement

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

      Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on special advisers in 2010-11; how much has been allocated for 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether his Department has audited the framework agreement technical support process in the last 12 months; and if he will make any such audit public.

      EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what officials from his Department will attend the European Defence Agency's conference on European Defence Co-operation on 31 January 2012.

      European Defence Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he last met the Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency; and what was discussed at that time.

      Ex-servicemen: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what tailored training and advice is made available by his Department to help veterans of the armed forces find work; (2) what support his...

      Germany: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) to which local authorities armed forces personnel returning from Germany by 2015 will return; and how many such personnel will return to each such...

      Guided Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many air sorties were flown in the Afghanistan campaign in each month of the two years to the end of October 2011.

      Harrier Aircraft: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the per unit purchase cost of GR9 Harriers was when the aircraft first entered service.

      Lockheed Martin

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) total monetary value and (b) type was of each contract between his Department and (i) Lockheed Martin and (ii) Northrop Grumman in the...

      Pitcairn Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of his Department’s officials have visited the overseas territory of the Pitcairn Islands in each of the last 10 years.

      RAF Leuchars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether an assessment has been made of the effect of the proposed transfer of the Typhoon force from RAF Leuchars to RAF Lossiemouth on flying hours per...

      Territorial Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Territorial Army personnel are on active service; and how many are expected to be on active service during the Christmas period.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Business Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has to introduce a scheme for businesses experiencing financial difficulties to defer payment of business rates...

    • Tottenham Regeneration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has to support regeneration in Tottenham; and if he will make a statement.

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he has taken to increase transparency in the use of the Government Procurement Card by his Department.

      Home Ownership

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to support home ownership.

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effect on the third sector of reductions in funding for local authorities.

      Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions he has held with local authorities on the timescale of the introduction of his planned local authority-based...

      Policy Announcements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on how many occasions during the present session of Parliament new policy announcements have been briefed to the media by (a)...

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to return empty homes to use.

      Green Belt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what measures his Department has put in place to protect the Green Belt from housing developments.

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the basis was for his decision to introduce a zero carbon requirement for all new homes from 2016 instead of a nearly zero...

      Housing: Fire Extinguishers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment was made in developing the Building Regulations 2000 of the merits of requiring installation of automatic fire...

      Housing: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to ensure house building schemes take into account the needs of older people.

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department has undertaken an economic impact assessment in respect of the proposed changes to the Local Government...

      Planning Permission: Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department plans to provide to local planning authorities on suitable indicators for monitoring the protection...

      Rural Areas: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what weighting he gives to the additional cost of delivering services in rural areas when calculating formula grant.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the proportion of tenants of social landlords who are of working age and whose homes will be deemed...

      Social Rented Housing: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will issue guidance to local housing authorities to facilitate the exclusion from publicly-funded social housing provision...

      Social Rented Housing: West Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions his Department has had with the third sector on provision of social housing in (a) the West Midlands and (b)...

      Third Sector: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effect on the third sector of reductions in funding for local authorities.

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to publish a new planning policy statement on Traveller sites to replace circulars 01/2006 and 04/2007.

      Parliamentary Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he intends to respond to the question tabled by the right hon. Member for Greenwich and Woolwich on 21 November 2011...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he plans to introduce a bonus for each new apprenticeship in a small business.

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the potential effect of (a) staff reductions and (b) organisational changes in his Department...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he proposes that the new apprenticeship proposals outlined under the Government's youth contract scheme should be...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) whether his Department plans to provide additional (a) staff and (b) other resources to the National Apprenticeship Service...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff the National Apprenticeship Service (a) had in 2010-11 and (b) has in 2011-12; and how many staff he expects it to...

      Business: Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions his Department had with learning providers on the employer choice pilot prior to the Prime Minister's...

      Business: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what consideration he has given to opportunities for voluntary mentoring schemes to operate alongside his Department's planned...

      Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many firms have been removed from the Consumer Credit Public Register because the Office of Fair Trading has (a) withdrawn...

      Food Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department spent on food procurement in each year from 1997 to 2011.

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many civil servants in his Department and the bodies for which he is responsible earned more than (a) £65,000, (b)...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether any senior staff in (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies are paid by...

      Departmental Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 22 November 2011, Official Report, columns 324-5W, on Departmental recruitment, at what cost (a)...

      Directors: Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of recent progress on the targets set by Lord Davies of Abersoch relating to boardroom diversity.

      Employment Agencies: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the letter from the Minister for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs, what the legal basis is for...

      Foreign Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his assessment is of potential changes to the level of education exports as a result of (a) student visa changes and (b) a...

      Further Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time students were enrolled in each further education college in England in the academic year...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he plans to take to encourage more flexible patterns of study in higher education.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will take steps to implement an assessment framework to measure the number of potential students reached through additional...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many UCAS applications have been submitted by residents of each parliamentary constituency in 2011-12 to date; and how many...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students outside the Higher Education Funding Council for England allocation of student numbers have enrolled on a...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students enrolled in designated higher education courses with (a) all private higher education providers and (b)...

      Higher Education: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the performance of the Office for Fair Access in ensuring that any higher education institution...

      Higher Education: North-east England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many UCAS applications had been submitted by residents of (a) Stockton North constituency, (b) the borough of...

      Higher Education: North-east England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many UCAS applications had been submitted by residents in (a) Darlington constituency, (b) the Tees Valley and (c) the...

      Higher Education: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he plans to publish the (a) consultation responses and (b) Government response to his Department's consultation on a new...

      Higher Education: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with representatives of (a) universities, (b) private and for-profit providers and (c) students on...

      Higher Education: Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of university applicants who will apply to the National Scholarship Programme for the...

      Higher Education: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the Higher Education White Paper, what progress he has made in achieving his aim of reducing the burden of data...

      ICT: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding his Department provides to colleges and training providers to train people as computer numerical control operators.

      Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many responses from small businesses his Department received to its Resolving Workplace Disputes consultation.

      Manufacturing Fellowships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many manufacturing fellowships have been taken up (a) nationally, (b) in the East Midlands and (c) in Leicester.

      Maternity Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on simplifying maternity pay and benefits.

      Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many complaints his Department has received on decisions of the Office of the Adjudicator for Higher Education (a) since May...

      Private Sector: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the extent to which former public sector workers have found employment in the private sector.

      Procurement: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what safeguards (a) he will encourage his EU counterparts to put in place and (b) are already in place to ensure that there is an...

      Professional Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which systems are in place to monitor the work of chartered institute organisations such as the Chartered Institute of Management...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 15 November 2011, Official Report, column 802W, on the Regional Growth Fund, what guidance his...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had on publishing the precise amounts allocated from the Regional Growth Fund.

      Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what information his Department holds on the proportion of research and development undertaken nationally which is performed by...

      Royal Mail: Glasgow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with Royal Mail on the future of customer service operations at the Glasgow Mail Centre.

      Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment and monitoring he is conducting of the qualifying criteria imposed by individual colleges for eligibility for the...

      Skills Funding Agency: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the operational effects of redundancies at the Skills Funding Agency in the next 12 months.

      Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what space projects his Department supports; how much has been spent on each project to date; how much he plans to spend on each...

      Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what support he plans to provide to space exploration in each of the next two years; what recent reports he has received of...

      Space Technology: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department has offered the Russian Federation assistance with the Phobos-Grunt space mission.

      Students: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the average debt that will be accrued by each person who enrols on an access to higher education...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the thresholds will be for interest rate increments on the repayment of student loans taken out from the 2012-13 academic...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which designated courses at each higher education provider he has authorised to receive student loan funding in the last year;...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of student loan funding was awarded to students studying at private higher education institutions in each of the...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when the Government will publish its response to his Department's consultation entitled Consultation on potential early repayment...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what modelling he plans to undertake to assess the potential effects of his Department's proposals to introduce further education...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many submissions he has received in respect of his Department's consultation on plans to introduce further education loans...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he plans to make of the number of women likely to be affected by his Department's proposal to introduce loans for...

      Students: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the average student loan taken out in St Helens South and Whiston constituency was in each year since 2005.

      Students: Sponsorship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 14 November 2011, Official Report, column 632W, on students: sponsorship, what steps he plans to take...

      Technology Strategy Board

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the monetary value is of unallocated funding overseen by the Technology Strategy Board in each of the next five years.

      Trade Promotion: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding has been allocated to the British Business Embassy to be held at Lancaster House during the London 2012 Olympic...

      Training: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the statement on page 57 of the Autumn Statement (Cm 8231) that the Government will provide £4 million to Skills...

      Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to his autumn statement of 29 November 2011, Official Report, column 808, what representations he received about changes...

      Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to his autumn statement of 29 November 2011, Official Report, column 808, whether he plans to launch a public...

      Internships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what estimate he has made of the proportion of employees who are employed as interns in the (a) political, (b) legal, (c)...

      Internships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has any plans to bring forward proposals for a legal definition of an internship.

      Internships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what advice he has received on the legality of unpaid internships.

      Internships: Redditch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will estimate the number of people undertaking (a) paid and (b) unpaid internships in Redditch.

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Single Farm Payment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether a landowner who is in receipt of the single farm payment is entitled to keep receiving all the payment if they sell all or most of the land. To ask Her...

    • Alcohol

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what projections they have of (a) what additional revenue would be generated by a one per cent increase in the taxes on alcohol across the board, (b) what effect...

      Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what lessons have been learnt from the Anatolian Eagle airforce exercise, in particular on the vulnerability of the Eurofighter Typhoon.

      Arts: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they monitor the effect of local authority cuts on the provision of locally-funded arts activities; and what is their estimate of the amount spent by local...

      Autumn Statement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what detail the Office for Budget Responsibility will be given on the Chancellor of Exchequer's Autumn Statement in order for it to take it fully into account in...

      Autumn Statement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) was provided with full details of the contents of the Chancellor of the Exchequer's policy proposals contained in...

      Autumn Statement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 29 November, what amount is being given under the Barnett formula to the Scottish Government for...

      Aviation: Health and Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what monitoring they conduct of the health and safety standards of airlines using British airports; and what action they have taken or will be taking to ensure...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps are being taken to introduce more competition in the banking sector.

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they propose to take action to constrain the growth in the United Kingdom of the shadow, or unregulated, banking system, estimated by the Basel Financial...

      Banking: Lending

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many companies have signed up for the enterprise finance guarantee scheme to promote lending to small- and medium-sized enterprises.

      Banking: Northern Rock

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why it was necessary to obtain the consent of the European Commission before Northern Rock plc was nationalised; and whether any future proposals for...

      Banking: Northern Rock

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangement was made with the private equity purchasers of Northern Rock plc to claw back further amounts in the event of a future sale of Northern Rock plc,...

      Banking: Northern Rock

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish in full the terms imposed on the sale of Northern Rock plc by the European Commission; whether any provision exists to vary those terms;...

      Banking: Northern Rock

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the amount of excess regulatory capital within Northern Rock above the required 10 per cent tier 1 core capital ratio at the date on which its sale to...

      Banking: Northern Rock

      To ask Her Majesty's Government (1) whether the agreement for the sale of Northern Rock plc to Virgin Money contains any provision enabling the sale price to be varied or the buyer to withdraw,...

      Banking: Royal Bank of Scotland

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Royal Bank of Scotland's intention to supply personal and financial customer details to third parties and service suppliers...

      BBC Trust

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, under the terms of the BBC Charter, a member of the BBC Trust may take up a party political appointment.

      BBC: World Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ask the BBC World Service to focus more of its output towards Central Asia.

      BBC: World Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will encourage the BBC World Service to provide more coverage to news from Central Asian nations.

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether unemployed leaseholders and pensioners living in housing association estates can receive service charge and rate rebates.

      Burma

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what response the Secretary of State for International Development received to his request during his visit to Burma that the Government should release political...

      Business Growth Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many companies have been funded by the Business Growth Fund.

      Court of the Bank of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on which occasions the Chancellor of the Exchequer has met the chairman of the Court of the Bank of England since the general election.

      Credit Default Swaps

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 16 November (WA 150), whether the Financial Services Authority gives tax credit for credit default swaps acquired...

      e-Borders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the total cost to public funds to date of the e-borders system; and when they expect the system to be fully operational at all points of entry to the...

      Economy: Growth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 16 November (WA 168), what are the key metrics they employ in defining "a stable macro-economic environment"; and...

      Economy: Growth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect the United Kingdom economy to reach the point of "escape velocity" with the economy growing at a rate that would absorb the slack in the economy,...

      Education: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps will be taken to alleviate the effects of education budget cuts in deprived parts of the country following the introduction of the national funding...

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Egypt following reports from Physicians for Human Rights in Israel and the New Generation Foundation in...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 21 November 2011 (WA 185-6), whether each of the cell lines used in the trial underway at Moorfields Eye Hospital...

      Finance: Virgin Money

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether Mr Wilbur Ross will require the approval of the Financial Services Authority as a person exercising significant influence over Northern Rock plc following...

      Finance: Virgin Money

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions or correspondence HM Treasury has had with the Financial Services Authority about providing capital relief in support of Virgin Money's proposed...

      Finance: Virgin Money

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of the capital of Northern Rock plc will be owned by private equity after its acquisition by Virgin Money; and what percentage of the share capital...

      Finance: Virgin Money

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the identity of the ultimate owners of the companies, hedge funds and trusts acquiring Northern Rock plc.

      Finance: Virgin Money

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what enquiries they made into the tax status of Sir Richard Branson, and whether they took that status into account, in considering whether the sale of Northern...

      Food: Hygiene Inspectors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of the charge-out rate for a Food Standards Agency meat hygiene inspector comprises the combined salary and national insurance costs.

      Foreign and Commonwealth Office

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the individual directorates in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; who is the head of each directorate; and what regions, countries or multilateral...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have about the United Nations Relief and Works Agency's programme for new schools and houses in Gaza; and whether they have any information...

      Gift Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 22 November (WA 225) regarding benefits that donors can receive in connection with their donation,...

      Gilts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the total amount of gross and net gilt issuance since May 2011, indicating the figure for redemptions and interest payments, and the...

      Gold

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the weight and value in sterling of the United Kingdom's remaining stock of gold.

      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 Transport.

      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 International Development.

      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 of Health.

      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 Business, Innovation and Skills.

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 25 October (WA 131-2), what are the representation targets for ethnic origin, disability and gender...

      Gross Domestic Product

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of United Kingdom gross domestic product was contributed by financial services in each of the past four decades.

      Health: Caesarean Sections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the publication of updated guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, what estimate they have made of the expected...

      Independent Commission on Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the recommendations of the Independent Commission on Banking will be implemented.

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Government of Israel about the transfer of Palestinian land to Kibbutz Merav; and whether they will raise the matter...

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of proposals for new building in the colonies of Ma'ale Adumin, Betar Ilit, Modi'in Ilit, Alfey Menashe, Efrat, Qarney Shomron, Bet Arye,...

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Government of Israel regarding action to re-house people made homeless this year in Area C of the West Bank as a...

      Legislation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what legislation, passed during the 2005-10 Parliament, is the responsibility of the Ministry of Defence and has yet to be brought into force, either in full or in...

      Legislation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what legislation, passed during the 2005-10 Parliament, is the responsibility of the Department of Health and has yet to be brought into force, either in full or...

      National Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many companies have successfully applied for the national insurance holiday for small companies.

      National School of Government

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 26 October (WA 161-2), how many (1) civil servants, and (2) other staff, are employed by the National...

      NHS: Operating Framework

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how the 2012-13 NHS Operating Framework will be taken forward by the NHS Commissioning Board.

      NHS: Waiting Times

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average waiting time for elective surgery in each month since May 2010, by hospital trust.

      North Africa and the Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will assist the Arab Financing Facility for Infrastructure and the Cross-border Trade Facilitation and Infrastructure Programme; and, if so, to what...

      North Africa and the Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to offer improved access to United Kingdom markets to (1) countries in south-east Europe which are not members of the European Union, and (2)...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 15 November (WA 139), which countries that have or are developing nuclear weapons are receiving aid from...

      Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to monitor the use of aid given to Pakistan to enhance education, to ensure that it is not diverted to the teaching of radical...

      Pakistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assurances they have had from partners in Pakistan, and what independent monitoring ensures, that aid provided for educational purposes is being used...

      Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that Palestinian school textbooks, funded by the United Kingdom Government, do not contain incitements to violence and racism.

      Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recent report from the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education about the promulgation of...

      Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what role the World Bank has played in the scrutiny of the use of the aid provided by the United Kingdom Government for education in the Palestinian Territories...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 14 November (WA 115), whether the analysis of public sector pension schemes' liability published in Cm 8127...

      Planning

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will call in the several planning applications to Westminster City Council in respect of Burlington Arcade.

      Post Office Ltd

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 21 November (WA 207), what arrangements exist for Post Office Ltd's clients to decide the products and...

      Questions for Written Answer

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House on a monthly basis the number of Questions for Written Answer to each government department and the number of...

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Atlee on 8 November (WA 41), what was the net cost to public funds of each railway franchise in 2010-11.

      Schools: Value-based Education

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the values-based approach in education as taught in schools such the Chantry Primary School in Luton.

      Shipping: Single-hulled Ships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the timetable for the removal of all single-hulled ships from the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, and for their replacement.

      Standards for England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to abolish Standards for England; and what action they are taking on complaints that are currently being dealt with by Standards for England.

      Surveillance: Telecommunications

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 21 November (HL 13294) that officials of the United Kingdom Government National Technical Authority for...

      Surveillance: Telecommunications

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in replying to the oral question from Lord Alton of Liverpool on 28 November, to the effect that under the United Kingdom export control regime United...

      Surveillance: Telecommunications

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Baroness Wilcox on 28 November, whether they have considered the implications of the Wassenaar Arrangement and, in particular, dual use...

      Surveillance: Telecommunications

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what account was taken of sub-paragraphs c and e of the note to Munitions List ML11.a of the Wassenaar Arrangement, which make provision for the prohibition of the...

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the present basis on which share options, long-term investment plans and deferred pay and bonuses are taxed; and what determines the tax year for which...

      Transport: MoT Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Atlee on 16 November (WA 168), what aspects of MoT tests they consider impose a burden on motorists.

      Unemployment: Under 25s

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration has been given to extending the national insurance contributions holiday to existing businesses who employ a person aged 18-24.

      War Memorials

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the war memorial statue stolen in Tidworth on 17 October has yet been traced; and whether charges have been brought.

      Young People: Creative Industries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions have taken place between ministers in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Education concerning the preparation of...

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