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Written answers

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • British Overseas Territories: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the (a) Governor and (b) government of each Overseas Territory will be inviting election observers to observe...

    • Foreign Relations: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many education officers his Department employs.

      Syria: Diplomatic Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what options he is considering in respect of future diplomatic relations with Syria.

      Syria: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking with his international counterparts to prevent human rights abuses in Syria.

      Syria: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent estimate he has made of the number of protestors killed and wounded in Syria.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Pay

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

  • Scotland

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues on the construction of Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers.

    • Departmental Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent steps his Department has taken to increase equality among its staff; and at what cost.

      Departmental Internet

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

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what social media his Department operates.

      Departmental Older Workers

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

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many and what proportion of questions for written answer on a named day his Department has answered on the due date in the present session of Parliament.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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.

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what his policy is on mandatory drug tests for the staff of his Department.

      Drugs: Misuse

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many staff of his Department have been disciplined due to drug offences in the last 12 months.

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent steps he has taken to support the economy of Scotland.

      Jobcentre Plus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many jobcentres in Scotland he has visited on departmental business in the last 12 months.

      Lockerbie: Bombings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Libya on the status of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi.

      Natural Gas: Exploration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) letters and (b) emails he has received in respect of shale gas extraction in Scotland in the last 12 months.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport on the effect on Scotland of the London 2012 Olympics.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had on renewable energy development in Scotland.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Crimes of Violence: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what the total value was of grants awarded by the Government Equalities Office through the Special Fund for local assault services in financial year...

    • Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities 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.

      Social Justice Committee: Ministers

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how many meetings of the Social Justice Committee Ministers in her Department have attended since its establishment.

  • Transport

    • Air Transport Auxiliary

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures her Department is taking to encourage former members of the Air Transport Auxiliary to apply for the Air Transport Auxiliary Veterans Badge.

    • Bypasses: Kegworth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent progress has been made on the Kegworth bypass project; and if she will make a statement.

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Automatic Number Plate Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations she has received on the use of automatic number plate recognition at the Dartford crossing.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many contracts her Department has awarded directly to (a) small, (b) medium-sized and (c) large businesses in each month since May 2010; what the...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Preston

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she has had on the future of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency office in Preston; and whether the potential closure of the...

      M4: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what improvements are planned for the M4 in each of the next five years; and if she will estimate the (a) cost of the improvements and (b) number of...

      Railways Stations: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) when she expects to announce the successful bids for the Access for All Mid-Tier programme for railway stations; and if she will make a...

      Roads: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will amend the rules governing the deployment of brown signs on major trunk roads in rural areas in order to assist small businesses.

      Guide Dogs: Passports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will discuss with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs the issue of travel restrictions for guide dogs with pet...

      Wheels to Work Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people received support through the wheels to work scheme in each of the last five financial years.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Sales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on the extension of licences for the sale of...

    • BBC: Redundancy Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will discuss with the BBC Trust the issue of clawback of severance pay or compensation for BBC staff made redundant who...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment his Department has made of the willingness of commercial companies to roll out broadband services of speeds of...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of demand for broadband services of 80 to 100 MBits in the 10 proposed super-connected cities.

      Broadband Delivery UK: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many full-time equivalent staff Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) (a) has and (b) will have in each year of the spending review...

      Festivals and Special Occasions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps his Department took to (a) celebrate and (b) promote (i) St George's Day, (ii) St Andrew's Day and (iii) St...

      Film

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what representations he has received as part of his Department's film policy review; when his Department will respond; and if...

      Film

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what representations he has received on support for the UK animation industry; and if he will make a statement.

      Paralympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what representations he has received on a legacy following the London 2012 Olympics for Paralympic sports.

  • Justice

    • Birmingham Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of monitoring the HM Prison Birmingham contract over the next 15 years.

    • Birmingham Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the monetary value was of G4S’s bid to operate HM Prison Birmingham; (2) what notional costs were added in respect of (a) the in-house...

      Children: Abduction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to review the law on the abduction of children by their parents.

      County Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects to publish the Government's response to his Department's consultation on solving disputes in the county courts; on what date it was...

      County Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with which organisations his Department had discussions on or about the subject matter of its consultation on solving disputes in the county courts (a)...

      County Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many submissions his Department received to its consultation on solving disputes in the county courts.

      Defamation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to bring forward legislative proposals on defamation.

      Departmental Advisory Services

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

      Departmental Civil Proceedings

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

      Procurement

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

      Departmental Publications

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

      Crown Dependencies: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the Governor of each of the Crown Dependencies will be inviting election observers to observe forthcoming general elections.

      Miscarriages of Justice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he has considered bringing forward legislative proposals to change the procedures of the Criminal Cases Review Commission to enable the...

      Offenders: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many defendants charged with (a) violent and (b) sexual offences who are (i) on remand awaiting trial, (ii) in the community awaiting trial without...

      Personal Injury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reason his Department's round-table consultation meeting on personal injury matters scheduled for 1 November 2011 was postponed; and on what...

      Prisoners: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate his Department has made of the number of offenders in prisons in England and Wales diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

      Prisons: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders have been prosecuted for assault on a member of prison staff in each of the last five years.

      Metal Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 24 November 2011, Official Report, column 580W, on prosecutions: metals, what the amount of each of the fines imposed following...

      Social Security Benefits: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how long on average it took the Tribunals Service to administer a First-Tier Tribunal social security and child support appeal in (a) 2009, (b)...

      Treasure Trove: Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what information his Department holds on the cost to local authorities of local coroners holding inquests on cases of treasure in (a) 2009 and (b) 2010;...

      Treasure Trove: Coroners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the contribution of Lord McNally of 23 November 2011, Official Report, House of Lords, column 11605, on the Public Bodies Bill [Lords], if he...

      Trials: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department takes to identify occasions when court hearings take place that are not formally listed; what guidance his Department has...

  • Attorney-General

    • Crown Prosecution Service: Training

      To ask the Attorney-General how many prosecutors in the Crown Prosecution Service have received domestic violence training in each year since 2008.

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Attorney-General whether any senior staff in (a) the Law Officers' Departments and (b) their Executive agencies are paid by means of payments to a limited company in lieu of a salary;...

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Attorney-General 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.

  • Defence

    • Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many civilian staff will lose their jobs following the announcement on 10 November 2011 regarding the restructuring of regional divisions; (2)...

    • EU Defence Policy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what consideration he has given to joining (a) the European Air Transport Fleet Programme Arrangement and (b) the Counter-Improvised Explosive Devices...

      Military Bases: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which bases in Scotland are currently undergoing a capacity review; what the scope of the review is; and what the time scale is for completion of the review.

      Military Bases: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many (a) military and (b) civilian personnel are employed at the Eastriggs Storage Depot in Dumfriesshire; (2) how much his Department has...

  • Home Department

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have (a) applied for asylum and been refused, (b) appealed to the Immigration Appeals Tribunal against such refusal and (c)...

    • Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what emergency facilities are available for users of the section 4 payment card whose weekly resources have been exceeded.

      Civil Disorder: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many claims were received by each police authority in England under the Riot (Damages) Act 1886 between August and October 2011; and what...

      Civil Disorder: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what estimate she has made of the number of claims under the Riot (Damages) Act 1886 that have been made by each police authority in...

      Departmental Pay

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

      Detention Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding the UK Border Agency has allocated to investment in pre-departure accommodation since May 2010; and at which locations.

      Entry Clearances: Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to ensure that genuine students from overseas will be able to continue to study theology at private colleges.

      Harassment: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions where complaints received by each police force in England and Wales about harassment or stalking the suspect was the...

      Hillsborough Independent Panel

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the statement of 17 October 2011, Official Report, columns 668-70, on Hillsborough disaster, how many documents relating to the...

      Human Trafficking: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the extent of human trafficking in Northern Ireland.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of people in the United Kingdom who have no right to be within the jurisdiction.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been arrested as illegal workers during searches of business premises in each of the last three years; and how many such...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking in respect of her Department’s performance in arresting and detaining those who do not comply with immigration...

      Immigration: Europe

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures her Department has taken to share criminal records data with other EU member states in order to exclude EEA nationals from...

      Kidnapping: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of children abducted from the UK since 2006; and how many such abductions were carried out by the...

      Metropolitan Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in each basic command unit of the Metropolitan police force on (a) 31 March 2010, (b) 30 September 2010...

      Police: Bournemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) special constables and (b) community support officers are operating in Bournemouth.

      Police: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers have been stabbed during the course of their duties in each of the last five years.

      Police: South Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many police officers were employed by South Wales Police in each of the last five years; (2) what estimate she has made of the...

      Police: Surveillance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will collect information on the deployment of undercover officers by police forces in England and Wales over the last 10 years.

      Stalking: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases which included a stalking-related murder have been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission since 2009.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Sequestration: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the decision to reallocate the fund which had been earmarked for...

    • Carbon Sequestration: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) when he was informed of the decision by HM Treasury to reallocate the fund earmarked for the carbon capture and storage...

      Carbon Sequestration: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with representatives of industry involved in development of carbon capture and storage projects on the...

      Carbon Sequestration: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether any of the resources reallocated from the carbon capture and storage competition fund will be directed to low-carbon projects.

      Climate Change: Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of his recently announced funding to tackle climate change in Africa he proposes will come from (a) the Department for...

      Climate Change: Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of his recently announced funding for climate change finance in Africa (a) has already been committed and (b) is new...

      Climate Change: Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change through which (a) Departments, (b) funds and (c) programmes he proposes that his recently announced funding to tackle climate change in...

      Climate Change: Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether the recently announced aid funding to tackle climate change in Africa is additional to the funding already (a) committed as...

      Climate Change: Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to his recent announcement of climate change funding for Africa, from which Departments' budgets he proposes such...

      Diesel Fuel: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent representations he has received on (a) diesel pump prices in England and (b) how such prices compare with those in other...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) how his Department proposes to take account of consumers’ experience of the installation of smart meters when developing...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he plans to expand the energy grid network to ensure people in rural areas who do not receive gas from the grid are able to...

      Fuel Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the likely level of support for energy efficiency programmes for households in fuel poverty from 2013 onwards.

      Fuel Poverty: Winter Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of (a) men and (b) women over the age of 65 years who have died as a result of being unable to...

      Fuel Poverty: North York Moors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of households in fuel poverty in the North York Moors National Park.

      Inverkip Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the capacity and total output from Inverkip power station was during its lifetime; and what were the costs per MWh of this output.

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with the European Commission on allowing nuclear power to be recognised as a renewable source of energy;...

      Oil: Canada

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the quantity of oil used in the UK which is derived from Canadian tar sands.

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department has made an assessment of any change in household energy consumption following the installation of solar...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether (a) individual solar photovoltaic installations and (b) community-owned solar photovoltaic schemes will be eligible to receive...

      Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the operation of (a) section 1 and (b) section 2 of the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000...

      World War II: Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he is taking to encourage former Bevin Boys to apply for the Bevin Boys Veterans Badge.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the adequacy of support available from Jobcentre Plus for people wishing to start their own business who are in...

    • Child Support Agency: Prosecutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what consideration he has given to widening the powers of the Child Support Agency to allow it to prosecute for non-payment of regular maintenance.

      Construction: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the proportion of jobs lost in the construction industry from sub-contracting businesses in each of the last three...

      Advisory Services

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

      Food Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 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...

      Food Procurement

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

      Food Procurement

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many officials in his Department and the bodies for which he is responsible earned more than (a) £65,000, (b) £95,000, (c)...

      Social Exclusion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department plans to take together with (a) the Minister for Women and Equalities, (b) the Department for Education, (c) the...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received overpayments of employment and support allowance in (a) St Helens South and Whiston constituency, (b) Merseyside and...

      Employment Schemes: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how his Department calculates the amount of compensation due to employment agencies that have recorded losses due to the switch from the...

      Employment Schemes: Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the Work programme on the likelihood of third sector employment agencies being able to...

      Jobcentre Plus: Telephone Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make it his policy to discontinue premium rate telephone numbers for people calling jobcentres.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the percentage increase will be in additional pension as a result of SERPS contributions from April 2012.

      Social Justice Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many meetings of the Social Justice Committee he has attended since its establishment.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many incapacity benefit claimants who have participated in work capability assessments since February 2011 resulting in a recommendation by...

      Social Security Benefits: Gurkhas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many of the retired Gurkhas and their dependents that have settled in (a) Maidenhead, (b) Aldershot, (c) Reading and (d) Folkestone since...

      Unemployment: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many armed forces veterans were (a) economically inactive and (b) long-term unemployed in each year since 2005-06; (2) whether his...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on what date the integrated assurance and approvals plan for universal credit was presented to the programme board; and if he will place a copy...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much of the funding allocated to universal credit implementation will be spent on staff training.

      Welfare to Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of the upfront investment from private and voluntary bodies to his welfare to work programme came from private sector...

      Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were exempted from a work capability assessment on the grounds that they were receiving intravenous chemotherapy or...

  • International Development

    • Departmental Communications

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

    • Official Hospitality

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether any senior staff in his Department are paid by means of payments to a limited company in lieu of a salary; and if he will...

      Procurement

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

      Developing Countries: Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effect of rapid detection tests on the treatment of malaria.

      Developing Countries: Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding his Department allocated to malaria diagnosis through rapid detection tests in each of the last five years; and what...

      Developing Countries: Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effect of malaria diagnosis through rapid detection tests on the tracking and mapping of malaria.

      Developing Countries: Malnutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to reduce levels of child malnutrition in fragile states.

      EU Aid: Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will discuss with his EU counterparts (a) global interests in stabilising population levels and (b) increasing EU aid for family...

      Overseas Aid: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many education officers his Department employs.

      Sri Lanka: Internally Displaced People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent reports he has received on the situation of internally displaced people in Sri Lanka.

      World Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the (a) World Bank's proposed new lending instrument set out in Operational Policy 9.00: Programme for...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he plans to take to provide (a) low cost housing for sale and (b) affordable rented housing in the next three years.

    • Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if there are any regulations governing local authority subsidy of commercial businesses; and if he will make a statement.

      Council Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has made an estimate of the proportion of council houses which have been sold and are available to rent.

      Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to announce whether the work associated with council tax discounts will be transferred to local authorities along...

      Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consideration he has given to delaying his planned introduction of local authority-based schemes for council tax benefit...

      Food Procurement

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

      Food Procurement

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

      Food Procurement

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

      Formula Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what funding was allocated by his Department for (a) the formula grant and (b) specific grant funding for (i) Suffolk...

      Disabled Facilities Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has any plans to change the assessment for the Disability Facilities Grant.

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of empty properties in (a) the borough of Swindon and (b) England in each year since 2001.

      Empty Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which bodies are eligible to apply for funding from (a) his Department and (b) the Homes and Communities Agency to address the...

      Empty Property: Worcestershire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information his Department holds on the number of empty homes in (a) Worcester constituency and (b) Worcestershire.

      EU Grants and Loans: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to ensure take-up of the European Regional Development Fund available to Yorkshire and the Humber.

      Green Belt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what measures his Department has put in place to require local authorities to identify brownfield sites for development in...

      Green Belt: Gravesham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he expects the abolition of regional house building targets to result in a reduction in the number of houses likely to...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the planning implications of potential housing need arising from the upper and lower limits of...

      Housing: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the total capital provision for housing made by (a) local authorities and (b) the Homes and...

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations he has received on the effect on the cost of house construction of the (a) implementation of changes to...

      Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many domestic properties have an energy efficiency rating of C or above.

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many domestic properties have a standard assessment procedure rating of 69 or above.

      Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to co-ordinate policy on poor housing conditions and fuel poverty.

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what economic impact assessment has been carried out on the effect of proposed changes to the Local Government Pension scheme on...

      Local Government: Trade Union Officials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will issue a standard facility time agreement to local authorities which sets out (a) duties which can be undertaken, (b)...

      Local Government: Trade Union Officials

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will require local authorities to include the (a) cost of facility time and (b) monetary value of resources provided to...

      Rented Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effect of increases in energy prices on provision of communal heating to Housing Revenue...

      Rented Housing: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many Housing Revenue Account tenanted properties have an energy efficiency rating of C or above.

      Rented Housing: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many Housing Revenue Account tenanted properties have a standard assessment procedure rating of 69 or above.

      Right to Buy Scheme: Worcester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes in Worcester constituency have been sold under the right-to-buy scheme in each of the last 20 years.

      Rural Areas: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what grants are available exclusively to local authorities classified as (a) rural-80, (c) rural-50, (c) significant rural, (d)...

      Social Justice Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many meetings of the Social Justice Committee he has attended since its establishment.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what his policy is on housing associations (a) letting and (b) selling their properties to people living outside the UK in...

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what his policy is on (a) local authorities and (b) housing associations buying properties on the open market; (2) how...

      Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to help maintain the local voluntary sector.

      Metal Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his policy is on local authority powers to prevent the disposal of stolen goods, including scrap metal and jewellery; and...

  • Leader of the House

    • Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Leader of the House 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.

  • Education

    • Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will enhance the specification of the SSDA903 return to identify when a child who has been adopted from care returns to care in a different local...

    • Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the average cost of childcare in (a) England and (b) each region of England in each of the last five years.

      Children: Missing Persons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to the children in care and adoption performance tables, November 2011, whether he is satisfied that no children went missing in (a)...

      Food Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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...

      Official Hospitality

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

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of the potential effects of (a) free schools and (b) academies on educational attainment.

      Pupils: Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment has been made of the effect of the pupil premium on the number of children living in poverty up to 2015.

  • Health

    • Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people under the age of 18 years have been treated for alcohol-induced illness by NHS hospitals since January 2011.

    • Cannabis: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) people and (b) people under the age of 18 years were treated for cannabis-induced psychosis in each of the last two years.

      Contraception

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his proposed timetable is for development of a Quality Standard for contraceptive services, including emergency contraception; and if he will make a...

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advertising campaigns his Department has run in each of the last five years; and what the cost was of each such campaign.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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.

      Social Care Funding

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to publish the Government’s response to the Dilnot Commission’s report Fairer Funding for All.

      Drugs: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) people, (b) under 18 year olds, (c) under 16 year olds and (d) under 12 year olds were given drug rehabilitation treatment for each type of...

      Food: Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the differences are between the targets put in place by the Food Standards Agency prior to May 2010 and the targets in the responsibility deal in...

      Health Professions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many training posts have been funded for (a) nurses, (b) doctors and (c) other clinical staff in each of the last 10 years.

      Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been treated by the NHS in the last 12 months.

      Health Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to ensure that the Health Premium does not divert resources from the areas with the highest level of continuing health problems.

      Health: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will prepare and publish a strategy for improving children's health.

      Health: Greater London

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with London boroughs on the Government’s public health reforms.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) acute and (b) critical care beds were reported in situation reports to his Department as being in use in hospitals in each week since 1 April...

      Influenza

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to provide information on the steps that the public should take to minimise the risk of transmission and infection in the event of...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of likely take-up rates of the influenza vaccine in each (a) age group, (b) category of at-risk group and (c)...

      Liver Diseases: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children aged (a) under 10 years and (b) 10 years and over were admitted to hospital with a diagnosis of (i) non-alcoholic fatty liver and (ii)...

      Maternity Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to implement the Maternity Matters policy.

      Maternity Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding he is providing to support (a) all neonatal care services and (b) neonatal intensive care services during the comprehensive spending review...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for (a) Education, (b) Justice, (c) Work and Pensions and (d) Communities and Local...

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people with (a) mild to moderate and (b) severe mental illness (i) in January 2011 and (ii) on the latest date...

      Mental Illness: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people aged under 18 years diagnosed with a mental disorder for each type of disorder (i) in January 2011 and...

      Mental Illness: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) people and (b) people under 18 years of age were treated for cannabis-induced psychosis (i) since January 2011 and (ii) in the previous 12 months.

      Morecambe Bay Hospitals NHS Trust: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when development commenced on the Lorenzo IT system at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust; and when he expects the system to...

      Morecambe Bay Hospitals NHS Trust: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the amount of funding from (a) Connecting for Health and (b) the NHS which has been spent to date to support the...

      NHS: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of future levels of staffing in the NHS; and what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department...

      North Bristol NHS Trust: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when development commenced on the Cerner Millennium IT system at North Bristol NHS Trust; and when he expects the system to be deployed; (2) what...

      North Bristol NHS Trust: Information and Communications Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much has been (a) paid to date and (b) he expects to be paid in the future to the local service provider for the Cerner Millennium IT system at...

      Obesity: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to reduce obesity among women.

      Radiotherapy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 27 June 2011, Official Report, column 537W, on radiotherapy, and the answer of 31 October 2011, Official Report, column 458W, on...

      Sex: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the indicators for sexual health in the forthcoming Public Health Outcomes Framework meet the needs of...

      Sex: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish his Department's sexual health policy document.

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to provide information for the public on the effects of inhaling second hand tobacco smoke.

      Smoking: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the evidence presented to the inquiry on smoking in private vehicles by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health.

      Smoking: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the practicalities of enforcing a smoking ban in privately owned vehicles.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Government Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proposals he has made to the European Commission on the simplification of EU rules on government procurement; and if he will make a statement.

    • Business

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to ensure that public sector spending stimulates growth in the small business sector.

      Communities First Programme

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the potential role of the (a) Community Organisers programme and (b) Community First scheme in tackling social exclusion.

      Federation of Small Businesses

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office on how many occasions he has met the Federation of Small Businesses to discuss the role of public sector spending in stimulating small business growth.

      Government Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what effect the Growth Review and Procurement Review will have on ensuring that Government tenders include an assessment of the (a) jobs, (b) tax...

      Industrial Disputes: Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what his policy is on encouraging voluntary groups to maintain key services during periods of industrial action.

      Public Sector: Trade Union Officials

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will issue a standard facility time agreement to public sector employers which sets out (a) duties which can be undertaken, (b) procedures for...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Bureaucracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what progress her Department has made on reducing administrative burdens for farmers; (2) what steps her Department...

    • Biofuels: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information her Department holds on the likely effects of importation of woody material to the UK for biomass...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to monitor the presence of tuberculosis in camelids and the extent of any infection.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations her Department has received from welfare organisations on the impact of bovine TB on the welfare and...

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the Association of Chief Police Officers on dangerous dogs.

      Devolution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what the outcomes were of the meeting between her Department and the devolved Ministers on 28 October 2011; whether any...

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what long-term assessment she has made of the prospects for UK food security in 2050 arising from the upper and lower limits...

      Forestry Commission: Termination of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much her Department has spent on exit costs for staff leaving the Forestry Commission in the last year.

      Forests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department plans to consult on the interim findings of the independent panel on forestry.

      Gangmasters Licensing Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the possible effect of the relocation of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority from her...

      Livestock: Waste Disposal

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department has received any evidence of harm to public health or the environment as a result of the burial of...

      Palm Oil

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent steps she has taken to encourage food companies to source palm oil from sustainable sources.

      Reed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the proportion of thatching reed used in England which was sourced from the UK in each year...

      Sky Lanterns

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress has been made on regulating the use of Chinese lanterns in order to protect livestock on farms; and if she will...

      Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to tackle the challenges of population growth for sustainable development ahead of the United...

      World War II: Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to encourage former members of the Women's Land Army and Timber Corps to apply for the...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the current Standard Industrial Classification codes in quantifying the...

    • Debt Recovery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many claims have been made under the Late Payment of Commercial Debt (Interest) Act 1998 in each year since the Act was passed.

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the adequacy of support available for those (a) wishing to start a business and (b) running a business.

      Capita

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

      Construction: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the effect on sub-contractors of late or non-payment of bills by larger contractors in the...

      Food Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure that the same standards of animal welfare for whole eggs apply to imported liquefied eggs...

      Food Procurement

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

      Food Procurement

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

      Procurement

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

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which services his Department has outsourced in each of the last five years.

      Derby Economic Task Force

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 3 November 2011, Official Report, column 762W, on rolling stock: procurement, if he will publish the...

      Export Credits Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much outstanding debt is owed to the UK through the Export Credits Guarantee, broken down by country.

      Export Credits Guarantees: Arab States

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which sovereign states have owed money to the Export Credits Guarantee Department due to defaults by the Arab Organization for...

      Export Credits Guarantees: Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what projects backed by the Export Credits Guarantee Department involved exports to or investments in Libya since 2000-01.

      Marine Stewardship

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of fish sourced by (a) his Department and (b) those agencies and non-departmental public bodies for which he is...

      Fossil Fuels: Export Credits Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 10 October 2011, Official Report, column 271W, on fossil fuels: export credits guarantees, whether he...

      Government Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what contribution his Department has made towards meeting the Government's target of procuring 25 per cent. of central Government...

      Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he plans to increase the power of suppliers in relation to large retailers under the Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill.

      Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) whether the Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill will have provision to protect the anonymity of suppliers when requesting an...

      Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the Groceries Code Adjudicator will be given the ability to launch an investigation if he has reasonable grounds to...

      Manufacturing Advisory Service: Redditch

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans the Manufacturing Advisory Service has to provide assistance to manufacturers in Redditch; and if he will make a statement.

      Manufacturing Advisory Service: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans the Manufacturing Advisory Service has to provide assistance to manufacturers in Peterborough; and if he will make a...

      New Businesses: Capital Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to encourage private sector investment in high-risk start-up businesses; and if he will make a statement.

      Overseas Trade: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what process UK Trade and Investment has put in place to track the economic plans of Chinese provinces and identify opportunities...

      Overseas Trade: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many trade shows in China UK Trade and Investment has attended; and in which provinces.

      Postal Services: Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what contribution he has made to the Home Office consultation on anti-social behaviour in respect of the risk posed by dangerous...

      Private Sector: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assistance is offered to former public sector workers to help them find work in the private sector.

      Regional Assistance: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding Northern Ireland has received as a result of its automatic assisted area status in each of the last three years.

      Regional Assistance: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what assessment he has made of progress with the review of automatic assisted area status for Northern Ireland; and if he...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to his answer of 7 November 2011, Official Report, column 112W, on Regional Growth Fund, (1) how many meetings the...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 7 November 2011, Official Report, columns 111-12W, on Regional Growth Fund, what the monetary value is...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much successful bidders to the Regional Growth Fund have paid for the due diligence process to date; and what estimate his...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the number of successful bids to the Regional Growth Fund that will receive funding in...

      Regional Planning and Development: North-east England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much Government funding for regional development has been provided in the North East in each year since 1996.

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what best practice timescales his Department advocates for the introduction, removal or change of Government regulations.

      Renewable Energy: Export Credits Guarantees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to ensure that new trade finance products offered by the Export Credits Guarantee Department are marketed...

      Technology and Innovation Centre

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had on the establishment of a Technology and Innovation Centre in the East Midlands.

      Paliamentary Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of written questions for answer on a named day received a substantive answer within five working days in each of...

  • Treasury

    • Unemployment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the Office for Budget Responsibility's forecast for unemployment in 2012.

    • Regional Investment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of fiscal policy on the level of investment in the regions.

      Economic Growth

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of levels of economic growth in (a) the UK and (b) other G7 countries in the last 12 months.

      UK Current Account Balance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the UK's current account balance with (a) the EU and (b) non-EU countries in the last year.

      Bank Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects of the Finance Act 2011 (Bank Levy: Amendment of Netting Agreements Provisions) Order 2011 on the revenue raised...

      Future Jobs Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the effects of cancellation of the Future Jobs Fund on levels of employment.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason he has decided to extend the working tax credit hours rule but not to impose an hours rule in respect of receipt of universal credit.

      Building Societies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department has taken to ensure the interests of all building societies are taken into account in his Department's financial strategy.

      Business: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to reduce the cost of bank lending and credit for businesses.

      Child Care Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many households in receipt of tax credits whose total weekly working hours are under 24 are in receipt of childcare tax credit; and how much they...

      Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 5 September 2011, Official Report, column 352W, on minimum wage, what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues in...

      Mortgage Express

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many buy-to-let properties have been repossessed by Mortgage Express in the last 12 months.

      Mortgage Express

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many cases concerning Mortgage Express have been referred to the Financial Ombudsman Service in the last 12 months.

      Social Justice Committee

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many meetings of the Social Justice Committee Ministers in his Department have attended since its establishment.

      Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent assessment he has made of the likely effect on the economy of an increase in interest rates.

      Taxation: North-west England

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of people in (a) Salford and Eccles constituency and (b) the North West who are subject to the (i) higher and (ii)...

      VAT: Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will consider extending VAT exemptions for VAT-registered businesses in the construction industry building new properties to small firms in other...

      VAT: Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress has been made by the Office of Tax Simplification in reviewing the VAT threshold for business registrations.

      VAT: Charities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on reviewing the charging of irrecoverable value added tax for charities providing healthcare services; and if he will make a statement.

      Welfare Tax Credits: Uprating

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of uprating tax credits using a consumer prices index level of (a) 2.5, (b) 3, (c) 3.1, (d) 3.5, (e) 4, (f)...

      Working Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people receive working families tax credit in each constituency; and what the total amount paid was.

  • House of Lords

    • Abusive Language

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 12 July (WA 151), and in the light of the recent High Court ruling that the use of foul language to...

    • Armed Forces: Postage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why United Kingdom forces may send aerograms to United Kingdom civilian addresses without charge but items of equivalent weight in envelopes attract postage charges.

      Assisted Dying

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are advised by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) on (1) the number of assisted suicide cases passed to the CPS by the police, (2) the number of...

      Autumn Statement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Autumn Statement, why no road-building schemes in the north-east of England were included; and why, in...

      Banks: Lending

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the figures for bank lending to small and medium-sized enterprises, after eliminating the simple roll-over of existing credit facilities and netting-off...

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the success of the climate change summit in Durban.

      Elections: Non-British Citizens

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether citizens of (1) Zimbabwe, and (2) Fiji resident in the United Kingdom are entitled to vote in United Kingdom elections.

      Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following the recent reduction in feed-in tariffs (FITs) for photovoltaic solar panels, they will now consider proportionately reducing the subsidies and...

      Energy: Green Deal

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what interest rates they expect to apply to green deal loans.

      Energy: Wind Turbines

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many wind turbines (1) were approved for construction in the United Kingdom before 5 May 2010, and (2) have been approved for construction since 5 May 2010.

      EU: Creditworthiness

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Foreign and Commonwealth Office or HM Treasury have issued guidance to Ministers on commenting on the creditworthiness of other European Union member...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the (1) date of purchase, (2) amount, (3) supplier and (4) level 3 or enhanced transaction entry of each transaction undertaken by the Department of...

      Higher Education: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ensure that preliminary figures for recruitment of overseas students to United Kingdom higher education institutions for the academic year...

      Israel and Palestine: West Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what actions they and their allies are taking to prevent violence by Israeli settlers in the West Bank.

      Legislation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what legislation, passed during the 2005-10 Parliament, is the responsibility of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and has yet to be brought...

      Legislation

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

      London Overground: Line Extensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage or enable the extension of the London Overground rail network as part of their increased spending on infrastructure.

      London Underground: Line Extensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage or enable the extension of the Bakerloo underground line as part of their increased spending on infrastructure.

      London Underground: Line Extensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to encourage or enable the extension of the Central underground line to Southall as part of their increased spending on infrastructure.

      Northern Ireland Office: Consultants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consultants the Northern Ireland Office has employed since 1 January 2011; for what purpose; and at what cost.

      Olympic Games and Paralympic Games 2012

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they expect that the ability to travel to places of work in London during the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games will remain unqualified for those...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 15 November (WA 140), whether the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Nick Clegg, is eligible to receive a pension from the...

      Protection of Freedoms Bill

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have assessed how their proposals in the Protection of Freedoms Bill on the retention of the DNA of persons arrested but not charged in criminal...

      Rome: British Embassies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in view of the decision by the Government of the Republic of Ireland to close its embassy in the Vatican City to save funding, whether they intend to reconsider...

      Schools: Lunches

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps are being taken to ensure that pupils attending academies and free schools receive a school lunch in line with the national nutritional standards.

      Shipping: Tonnage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the total tonnage of British shipping in each year since 1990.

      Transport: MoT Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 25 November (WA 289), how many MoT tests which initially failed (1) exceeded permitted levels of emissions, and...

      Transport: MoT Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 25 November (WA 289), what are the estimated levels of carbon dioxide emissions and air pollutants that can be...

      Transport: Public Subsidy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the amount of public subsidy to (1) the bus industry, and (2) the rail industry, in the past ten years.

      UK Statistics Authority

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 29 November (WA 53-4), whether they will ask the UK Statistics Authority to develop for the annual...

      Universities: Admissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many new students were enrolled at United Kingdom universities in September 2011 as (1) full-time undergraduate students, (2) part-time undergraduate students,...

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