Written answers

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time employees his Department and its predecessor had in each year since 1997.

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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 publish his policy on...

      Festivals and Special Occasions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether his Department provided support to any organisations celebrating St Andrew's Day in 2011.

      Festivals and Special Occasions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps his Department took to (a) mark and (b) promote St Andrew's Day in 2011.

      Sovereignty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) letters and (b) emails his Department has received on holding a referendum on independence for Scotland in the last 12 months.

  • Transport

    • A14: Cambridgeshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the likely effects of the proposed expenditure on the A14 in Cambridgeshire on (a) levels of congestion, (b) average...

    • A31: Dorset

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if she will take steps to reduce the length of time that all side roads from the Canford Bottom roundabout will be closed during the current...

      Aviation: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether she has any plans to increase the levels of regulatory protection for students on flight training courses who have paid large sums in...

      Cardiff Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she has had with the Welsh Government on the future of Cardiff airport.

      Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether any senior staff in (a) her 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 Transport which services her Department has outsourced in each of the last five years.

      Parliamentary Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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.

      Heathrow Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will commission research into the effect on the economy of not constructing a third runway at Heathrow airport.

      Intercity Express Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many Intercity Express Programme carriages will enter service in each of the next 10 years.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she plans to answer the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton of 20 October 2011 with regard to Mr T Dowden.

      Motor Vehicles: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department is taking to prevent the unnecessary use of fog lights in conditions of good visibility.

      Postcodes

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

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the potential of magnetic levitation technology for use in the next generation of high-speed trains.

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations she has received on the use of MagLev trains in the UK.

      Shipping: Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether her Department has conducted a cost-benefit analysis of the withdrawal of emergency towing vehicle funding comparing the south-west of England...

      Thameslink: Rolling Stock

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 31 October 2011, Official Report, column 419W, on the Thameslink Railway Line: rolling stock, what assessment her Department...

      Transport: Infrastructure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the additional road and rail infrastructure required to meet demand at existing standards for the (a) upper and (b)...

      Transport: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when (a) she, (b) other Ministers in her Department and (c) officials in her Department last met representatives of the Independent Review of Winter...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Departmental Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which flag or flags are routinely displayed outside each of his Department's overseas (a) posts and (b) residences. [Official...

    • Iran: Baha'i Faith

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of attempts to prevent Bahais in the Iranian city of Sanandaj from attending gatherings; and...

      Palestinians: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to urge the Israeli government to (a) lift the restrictions on aid to Gaza and (b) allow the free entry...

      Somalia: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what issues the Government expects to be on the agenda at the international conference on Somalia in 2012; and if he will take...

      Somalia: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the cost to the economy of piracy off the coast of Somalia.

      West Bank: Trees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the removal of olive trees in the West Bank; and if he will assess the effects of such removals...

  • Justice

    • Applied Language Solutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 14 November 2011, Official Report, columns 544-5W, on Applied Language Solutions, (1) whether the statement in that answer...

    • Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 17 October 2011, Official Report, columns 63-4W, on civil disorder, if he will commission research to ascertain the number of...

      Harassment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many complaints about harassment under section 2 of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 were dealt with by (a) a caution, (b) a fixed penalty...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to answer the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton of 25 October 2011 with regard to Mr M Aslam.

      Parole

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many determinate cases were (a) considered and (b) recommended by the Parole Board in each year between 1996-97 and 2010-11; (2) how many...

      Prisoners: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many claims were made by prisoners for compensation in each of the last five years; what proportion of such claims were unsuccessful; and how many...

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign nationals of each country of origin serving custodial sentences have been repatriated since May 2010.

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what category of crimes each foreign national prisoner serving a custodial sentence was convicted in the most recent period for which information is...

      Prisons: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the staffing level in each prison in England and Wales was in October (a) 2009, (b) 2010 and (c) 2011.

  • Home Department

    • Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department expects to meet all the unplanned spending involved in policing recent incidents of public disorder, including the...

    • Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what effect public disorder in August 2011 in England and Wales will have on police funding.

      EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in respect of which EU measures the Government is able to notify the Council that it does not accept the powers of the European Commission...

      Independent Police Complaints Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many full-time equivalent staff the Independent Police Complaints Commission expects to employ in (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13; (2)...

      Independent Police Complaints Commission

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many (a) independent investigations, (b) managed investigations and (c) supervised investigations involving the Independent Police...

      Knives: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with which organisations the Government is working to reduce the level of knife crime.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Minister of State for Policing and Crime plans to reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed of 5 April...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when she plans to reply the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton of 22 August 2011 regarding Mr J Whelan; (2) when...

      Metal Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will bring forward proposals to make it a criminal offence to sell metals (a) without photographic identification and (b) using cash...

      Police: Complaints

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many complaints from a member of the public to the Metropolitan Police Professional Standards Division were upheld in each year...

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has had any discussions with the (a) Association of Chief Police Officers and (b) Police Superintendents' Association on the...

      Police: Misconduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers employed by the Metropolitan Police Service have been dismissed for allegations of (a) corruption and (b) misconduct...

      Metal Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) with reference to paragraph A.48, page 57 of the Autumn Statement, where she expects to allocate the funding to tackle metal theft; (2)...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Capita

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

    • Carbon Sequestration: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether the Autumn Statement has any implications in relation to the availability of the £1 billion earmarked by his Department to...

      Carbon Sequestration: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what timetable he has set for the competition to provide support for the development of a carbon capture and storage project.

      Carbon Sequestration: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions his Department has had with representatives of the carbon capture and storage industry in relation to the Autumn Statement.

      Carbon Sequestration: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in which financial year funds will be made available to support the development of a carbon capture and storage project.

      Departmental Publications

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

      Energy Supply: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what information his Department holds on the number of serious accidents and fatalities reported by the (a) coal mining, (b) offshore...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with stakeholders on the roll-out of smart meters in rural areas.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has for the roll-out of smart meters in rural areas; and if he will make a statement.

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 14 November 2011, Official Report, column 589W, on renewable energy: feed-in tariffs, what estimate he has...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department last met representatives of the voluntary and community sector to discuss proposed...

      Scottish Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) how many times he has met Scottish Government Ministers since May 2010; what the (a) date and (b) location was of each such...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on what basis his Department proposes to introduce new multi-installation tariff rates for aggregated solar PV schemes with an...

      Stephen Crouch

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

      Wind Power: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of wind power costs in 10 years time per kilowatt hour.

      World War II: Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) Bevin Boys and (b) Air Transport Auxiliary Veterans Badges were awarded in (i) 2007, (ii) 2008, (iii) 2009, (iv) 2010 and...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office 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...

    • Parliamentary Written Questions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office 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.

      Government Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which sectors will be included in the medium-term review of procurement scheduled for April 2012.

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what his policy is on the acceptance by the Government of the binding nature of arbitration between public sector workers and the Government.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Festivals and Special Occasions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether he took part in any events in an official capacity to mark (a) St George's day, (b) St Patrick's day, (c) St David's day and (d) St Andrew's day in 2011.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he plans to prioritise small employers in the proposed dispersal of funds for training under the employer choice pilot.

    • Capabilities Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many full-time equivalent staff work on the telecommunications and postal services workstream of the Capabilities programme;...

      Capabilities Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills who the lead Minister in his Department is for the telecommunications and postal services workstream of the Capabilities programme.

      Capabilities Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the budget was for the telecommunications and postal services workstream of the Capabilities programme in each year since...

      Money Lenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many complaints of harassment by money lenders have been received by (a) the Office of Fair Trading and (b) trading standards...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what monitoring system his Department has in place to track the proportion of student loan funding that is awarded to students...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding over £100,000 his Department's Knowledge and Innovation Directorate allocated to (a) voluntary sector, (b)...

  • Health

    • Winter Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what additional resources he plans to allocate to the NHS to prevent excess deaths in winter 2011-12.

    • Winter Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to prevent excess deaths in the winter of 2011-12.

      Dental Services: EU Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to provide citizens of other EU countries resident in the UK with dental treatment.

      Departmental ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of progress with his Department's information technology programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Hospital Wards: Gender

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information NHS trusts are required to collect to monitor (a) use of mixed-sex accommodation and (b) standards of privacy and dignity provided for...

      NHS: Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS organisations he has visited in each month since September 2011.

      NHS Direct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many calls NHS Direct has received in each week since 1 April 2011; and how long on average it took for such calls to be answered in each such week.

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) Guidance approval of the Velcade Response Scheme in October 2007, how...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the manufacturers of Velcade have paid back to the NHS under the Velcade Response Scheme in each year since the scheme was approved.

      NHS: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his most recent estimate is of NHS capital expenditure in each of the next three financial years.

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many unsuccessful clinical negligence claims were brought against the NHS in each year since 1997-98; and how much unsuccessful claimants spent in (a)...

      Nurses: Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) qualified and (b) other school nurses are employed in each (i) region and (ii) primary care trust; and how many such nurses were employed in...

      Psychiatry: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people in England waiting for access to psychological therapies; and what the average waiting time was for such...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will publish his criteria for the allocation of funding to the 40 local areas for superfast broadband.

    • Departmental Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many (a) press officers, (b) internal communications officers, (c) external communications officers, (d) communications...

      Departmental Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) what steps his Department takes to ensure that all flags flown from his Department's buildings are fit for display; (2)...

      Risk Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what risk registers are held by the public bodies for which his Department is responsible; and if he will make a statement.

      Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will publish his plans for the recently announced £150 million investment in mobile telephone coverage in the...

      Olympic Games 2012: Folk Dance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 4 May 2011, Official Report, column 753W, on Olympic Games 2012: folk dance, what recent discussions...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Planning: Change of Use

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to publish the findings of his Department's consultation on the relaxation of planning rules for change of use...

    • Fire Services: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) wholetime, (b) retained, (c) control and (d) non-uniform staff were employed in each fire authority in England on...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 13 October 2011, Official Report, column 483W, on Freedom of Information, if the Office of the Deputy...

      Non-domestic Rates: Worcester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) cost to the public purse of appeals of business rates valuations in...

      Parking: City of Westminster

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what discussions officials from his Department have had with Westminster city council on its proposal to generate...

      Parking: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what information his Department holds on the (a) net and (b) gross income from parking charges in each London local authority in...

      Planning Permission: Biodiversity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the (a) Home Affairs and (b) Economic Affairs Cabinet Sub-Committee has discussed the implications of the draft National...

      Planning Permission: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effect of the draft National Planning Policy Framework on carbon emissions.

      Postcodes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department uses postcodes for purposes other than the postage of mail.

      Regional Planning and Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to ensure that planning policy encourages the development of (a) high streets, (b) town centres and (c)...

      Waste Disposal: Second-hand Goods

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether it is his policy to support by-laws enabling local authorities to selectively license premises dealing in second-hand...

  • Prime Minister

    • Youth Unemployment

      To ask the Prime Minister what assessment he has made of the level of youth unemployment.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Birds of Prey

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate she has made of the number of birds of prey in the UK; and if she will make a statement.

    • Heating: Hydrofluorocarbons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress her Department has made in phasing out hydrofluorocarbons from domestic heat pumps.

      Marine Conservation Zones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what assessment she has made of the effect of the European Commission's proposed system of regionalisation in the basic...

      River Nene: Fishing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps the Environment Agency is taking to tackle illegal fishing on the River Nene in Cambridgeshire; and if she will...

      Rural Areas: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she plans to publish details of (a) the Rural Community Renewable Energy Fund and (b) the sources of its funding.

      Rural Growth Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she plans to publish the criteria for the competition to identify the Rural Growth Network pilot projects.

      Waste Disposal: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to introduce responsibility deals for business waste.

      Whaling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the international bans on (a) whaling and (b) the international...

      Whaling: Faroe Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the Faroese government on the hunting of whales, dolphins and porpoises by Faroese...

  • Education

    • Carers: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department is taking steps to ensure local authorities (a) identify young carers in families affected by illness, disability or substance...

    • Carers: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many local authorities are using the model memorandum of understanding on working together to support young carers.

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many school sports co-ordinators there were in each local authority area for each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

      Youth Services: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much each English local authority reported in the S251 financial returns as outturn expenditure on (a) youth work, (b) Connexions and (c) all...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how much money the Child Support Agency has received but not yet passed on to the parent with care; (2) how long it takes the Child...

    • Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Child Support Agency in collecting payments from a non-resident parent.

      Child Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of the suitability of the assessment criteria used by the Child Support Agency for child maintenance payments.

      Housing Benefit: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will announce what will happen to staff currently administering housing benefit when it is replaced by universal credit.

      Jobseeker’s Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time taken to assess claims for jobseeker's allowance was in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Social Justice Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of staff of his Department who will work in the Social Justice Directorate in (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13,...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to reduce the number of people who are penalised for mistakes on their benefit applications.

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how he will ensure that the expertise of local authority benefit fraud staff is not lost when the Single Fraud Investigation Service is established.

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the Director of Public Prosecutions will be funded to carry out fraud work with the new Single Fraud Investigation Service.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 15 November 2011, Official Report, column 729W, on universal credit, what proportion of the funds allocated to the...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much of the budget allocated to implementation of universal credit will be spent for each purpose in (a) 2012-13, (b) 2013-14, (c) 2014-15...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the priorities for development in Afghanistan.

    • Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the priorities for development in Afghanistan.

      United Nations Relief and Works Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking on funding for the UN Relief and Works Agency in 2012.

      Africa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of spending by his Department in Africa.

      Aid Effectiveness

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his policy is on measuring the effectiveness of overseas aid.

      Capita

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

      Conciliation Resources

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has allocated to Conciliation Resources for their work in Abkhazia, Georgia in each financial year since 2008.

      Conciliation Resources

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what funding his Department plans to allocate to Conciliation Resources for work in Abkhazia, Georgia in 2012-13.

      Conciliation Resources

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what projects have been undertaken by Conciliation Resources with funding from his Department in Abkhazia, Georgia since 2008.

      Developing Countries: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether the International Climate Fund will be affected by the decision to adjust the the allocation of Official Development Assistance...

      International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with international aid organisations about the Multilateral Aid Review.

      Libya: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to assist the development of democracy in Libya.

      Sri Lanka: Internally Displaced People

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with the government of Sri Lanka on land registration in the north and east of Sri Lanka.

  • Treasury

    • Capita: Contracts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many contracts his Department has awarded to Capita since May 2010; and what the (a) purpose, (b) monetary value and (c) net worth was of each contract.

    • Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what proportion of the funding he has allocated to administering new arrangements for higher rate taxpayer families in receipt of child benefit will...

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his announcements on procurement in the Autumn Statement constitute a third phase of the Growth Review; and whether the defence industry will be...

      Emergencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many full-time equivalent staff work on the financial services workstream of the Capabilities programme; and what the staffing level was in each of the...

      Emergencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer who the lead Minister in his Department is for the financial services workstream of the Capabilities programme.

      Emergencies

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the budget was for the financial services workstream of the Capabilities programme in each year since 2005; and what the budget will be during the...

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate how many new jobs will need to be created to keep pace with population growth in each of the next 10 years.

      Enterprise Investment Scheme: Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the annual cost of capital gains tax liabilities which are deferred by reinvesting the capital gains in the Enterprise...

      EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had on the availability of match funding for European Regional Development Fund grants.

      Financial Services: Taxation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the total tax revenue raised from the financial services sector was in each year since 2008-09.

      Infrastructure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish his criteria for prioritising infrastructure.

      Infrastructure: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proportion of funding for the National Infrastructure Plan has been allocated to infrastructure projects in (a) Northern Ireland, (b) Scotland, (c)...

      International Monetary Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much the UK has received as a return on funds made available to the International Monetary Fund in each of the last 10 years.

      Planning: Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate his Department has made of the financial costs of the planning system to the UK economy; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Expenditure: Infrastructure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of providing additional public infrastructure at present standards for additional UK residents...

      Public Expenditure: Infrastructure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much Barnett consequential funding will be paid for investment in infrastructure projects.

      Public Sector: Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether public sector spending will be greater than tax receipts in each year to 2015.

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of public sector workers of each gender (a) earning less than £15,000 per year who will see no increase in...

      Stamp Duties: Westminster

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much stamp duty land tax has been paid in respect of properties purchased in One Hyde Park, London, in each quarter from 2009 to 2011.

      Tax Collection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in cases where HM Revenue and Customs has issued incorrect tax codes to individuals, it (a) charges those individuals interest and (b) otherwise...

      Taxation: Nuclear Power

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on the possible introduction of a tax on the revenue generated by...

  • Defence

    • Eurofighter Typhoon

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of recent export campaigns for the Eurofighter Typhoon; and if he will make a statement.

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much funding he has allocated to Blue Force Tracking and similar systems; and if he will make a statement.

      Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the menu is for soldiers serving in Afghanistan on Christmas day; and what the estimated cost is of each meal.

      Armed Forces: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what his Department's policy is on mandatory drug tests for (a) officials and (b) service personnel; (2) how many members of his Department have...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel returning from Germany he expects to be based within 40 miles of their families' living quarters.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) RAF personnel have been asked to vacate their service accommodation in advance of deployment to...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimate his Department has made of the (a) closest, (b) furthest and (c) average distance between barracks and service family accommodation...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list each army accommodation site in the UK.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what criteria his Department uses to determine the maximum rent which is paid for accommodation for (a) civilian and (b) service staff.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the 20 most expensive substitute civilian staff accommodation properties rented out were in the last 12 months for which figures are available; what...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the 50 most expensive (a) substitute service family accommodation and (b) substitute service single accommodation properties rented out were in the...

      Capita

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

      Christmas: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies plan to spend on Christmas (i) cards, (ii) postage, (iii) parties and (iv) decorations in 2011;...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the Yellow Book costs to his Department following the redundancies announced by BAE Systems.

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Upper Bann of 21 October 2011, Official Report, column 1167W, on consultants, how many contracts of more...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many contracts his Department has awarded to management consultants (a) since the publication of the Strategic Defence and Security Review and (b) in...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which management consultancies provided services to his Department during the last 12 months.

      Parliamentary Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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.

      Ex-servicemen: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how much his Department has spent on Career Transition Partnership in each year since it was established; (2) how much his Department has spent on...

      Ex-servicemen: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) in which sectors of the economy veterans find careers once they have left the armed forces; (2) in which main sectors armed forces veterans have...

      Ex-servicemen: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces veterans have been through the Employment Support programme in each year since its creation.

      Geneva Convention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 31 October 2011, Official Report, column 534W, on the Geneva Convention, how many in-service weapons have not had their...

      Gurkha Resettlement Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many former Gurkhas registered with the Gurkha Resettlement Office who have settled in the UK since 2009 are between the ages of (a) 30 and 39, (b)...

      Gurkha Resettlement Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Gurkhas have registered with the Gurkha Resettlement Office in Kathmandu since 2009.

      Gurkha Resettlement Office

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence in which local authority areas Gurkha veterans and their dependents have settled since 2009; and how many have settled in each local authority area.

      Gurkhas: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of the Gurkha veterans who have settled in the UK since May 2009 are classified as (a) service pensioners and (b) welfare pensioners.

      Harrier Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether the sale price for the Harrier jump jet includes intellectual property rights for their upgrade; (2) what methodology his Department used...

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how long a delay in delivery has been caused by ordering C rather than B variant joint combat aircraft.

      Navy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what period elapsed between the initial gate decision and full operational capability in respect of each Royal Navy (a) surface vessel and (b) submarine...

      Public Bodies Bill (HL) 2010-12

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what discussions (a) he, (b) his predecessor and (c) Ministers in his Department have had with the Royal British Legion on the Public Bodies Bill;...

      Sea King Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the likely cost of extending the life of the Search and Rescue Sea King helicopters for (a) two, (b) five and (c) 10 years.

      World War II: Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department is taking to encourage former Bevin Boys to apply for the Bevin Boys Veterans Badge.

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Food and Mouth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 22 November (WA 219-20), how the accuracy of the lateral flow device for the detection of foot and...

    • Armed Forces: Bahrain

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the United Kingdom had any military personnel stationed in Bahrain during the uprising in February and March 2011.

      Armed Forces: Medals

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether consideration has been given to the awarding of a Diamond Jubilee Medal to members of the Armed Forces who served during Her Majesty's reign but are no...

      Armed Forces: Postage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the weight limit for free postage to United Kingdom forces varies between British forces; and, if so, why. To ask Her Majesty's Government why it is...

      Armenia and Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford of 21 November (WA 216), which projects they supported; and what was the cost of each.

      Bank of England

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 17 November (WA 179), what is the nature of a "light plausibility check" carried out by the Bank of England on...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the success of Project Merlin. To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to introduce a successor scheme to Project Merlin to come into...

      Banking: European Central Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial contributions they make to the running and support operations of the European Central Bank.

      Banking: European Central Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the powers of the General Council of the European Central Bank; and what representations the United Kingdom has made by virtue of membership of the...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions in each of the past five years there has been an overpayment of benefit (1) caused by actions of the Department for Work and Pensions and in...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions in each of the last five years the Department for Work and Pensions (1) has identified an overpayment of benefit, and (2) has decided not to...

      British Embassies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in what cases British embassies are not located in the country to which they are accredited.

      Broadcasting: Electronic Programme Guides

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to Ofcom that the Code on Electronic Programme Guides should give greater guaranteed prominence to public service broadcasters...

      Care Services: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what would be the cost to the Government of the cap on lifetime care costs proposed in the report of the Commission on Funding of Care and Support if that cap was...

      Companies: Dividends

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to encourage companies to pay higher dividends to reduce the financial surplus of the corporate sector.

      Disabled People: UN Convention

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they have taken on implementing in the United Kingdom the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; and what steps they...

      Duchy of Cornwall

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 23 November (WA 242) concerning the Duchy of Cornwall, what they meant by a "private estate" in that Answer.

      Energy: Carbon Capture and Storage

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to make an announcement on the next steps in relation to the United Kingdom carbon capture and storage programme.

      Energy: Efficiency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what level of government expenditure was allocated to improving energy efficiency in domestic properties and creating warmer homes in each of the past 10 years;...

      Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of jobs at risk following the reduction in solar feed-in tariffs.

      Energy: Fuel Poverty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people they estimate will enter fuel poverty due to the decision to reduce the winter fuel allowance payment.

      EU: Future and Emerging Technologies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will inform Parliament about the United Kingdom's involvement in the European Commission's €1 billion flagship programme in Future and Emerging...

      European Court of Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 15 November (WA 130), whether they are advised when a case against the United Kingdom is lodged at...

      European Court of Human Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of the correspondence between the British Ambassador to the Council of Europe and the Foreign and...

      Finance: Credit Easing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to take action to address the further tightening of credit conditions for small and medium-sized enterprises, as noted in the Bank of England...

      Food: Hygiene Inspectors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Food Standards Agency is doubling its charges for meat hygiene inspectors, given the European Commission study showing that United Kingdom abattoir...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel concerning the 2.5 mile fishing limit imposed on Gaza fishermen.

      Gendercide

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford of 23 November (HL13268), what is the next relevant United Nations discussion at which this issue can be...

      Gendercide

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford of 23 November (HL13267), when will be the next suitable opportunity that this matter can be raised with...

      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 Education.

      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 Work and Pensions.

      Government Departments: Buildings

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

      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...

      Health: Costs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 28 November (WA 21), whether the new registration scheme agreed with the Government of the Republic of Ireland on...

      Health: Lyme Disease

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Lyme Unit at the Health Protection Agency has always been fully compliant with all aspects of the Data Protection Act 1998, particularly with respect...

      Health: Lyme Disease

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in view of the statement on the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency website that their decisions will be "based on robust science" and...

      Health: Professional Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what provision there will be through the proposed Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care Scheme for Assured Voluntary Regulators for the...

      Health: Research

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which member of the NHS Commissioning Board will have the responsibility to promote research in the NHS; and to whom they will report. To ask Her Majesty's...

      Indonesia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of Indonesia about the current human rights situation in that country, specifically in relation to the abuse...

      Justice: Sentencing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they propose to prevent sentencing disproportionately adversely impacting on black and Asian offenders; and what are the implications for community...

      Leafleting

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in what circumstances members of the public can distribute leaflets and other printed matter in public spaces without notifying the local authority concerned or...

      Legislation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what legislation, passed during the 2005-10 Parliament, is the responsibility of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and has yet to be brought into...

      Legislation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what legislation, passed during the 2005-10 Parliament, is the responsibility of the Department of Energy and Climate Change and has yet to be brought into force,...

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take in the light of the recent United Nations report that some 7,000 people, many of them foreigners, are being detained in Libya by...

      National Citizen Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure young people from all communities participate in National Citizen Service; and what steps they are taking to inform children...

      National Loan Guarantee Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish the assessment they have made of the probability of default on loans to be guaranteed by the national loan guarantee scheme and the...

      NHS: Clinical Indemnity

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what date they will publish proposals to enable non- NHS bodies to take up NHS clinical indemnity arrangements.

      NHS: Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many grants or loans they made to (1) voluntary organisations, and (2) social enterprises, to provide NHS services in the 2010-11 financial year and in...

      NHS: Operating Framework

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what specific objectives there are to promote research in the 2012-13 NHS operating framework. To ask Her Majesty's Government why the target in the 2012-13 NHS...

      North Africa and the Middle East

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their relationship with the Deauville Partnership for democratic progress in north Africa and the Middle East.

      Northern Ireland Office: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of members of staff of the Northern Ireland Office received allowances over and above their salaries.

      Political Groups: Islamist Organisations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what analysis they have made of the rise of Islamist political groups worldwide; and whether they have plans to engage with such groups.

      Strategic Partners

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford of 21 November (WA 215), how they define the term strategic partner in relation to (1) Israel and (2) Turkey.

      Surveillance: Telecommunications

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in the absence of formal re-export controls, it is an offence for a United Kingdom-based or controlled supplier to supply by electronic means software...

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many persons died last year while government investigations of their tax affairs were in progress.

      Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ascertain the tax status of the bid vehicle and the insertions in it through which Virgin Money is acquiring Northern Rock plc; and...

      UK Bill of Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to facilitate the nomination of Northern Ireland advisers by the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister to the advisory...

      Unemployment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Social Justice Sub-Committee of the Cabinet has considered the current level of unemployment, in particular as it affects young people including...

      Unemployment: Under-25s

      To ask Her Majesty's Government for how long on average a person aged 16 to 24 was unemployed before finding work in each of the last five years.

      Unemployment: Under-25s

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their forecast of the average length of time for which a person aged 16 to 24 should expect to be unemployed before finding work in each of the next five years.

      Water Management: Overseas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will inform Parliament about the current United Nations initiatives to improve the effectiveness of, and public information about, international water...

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