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Written answers

Thursday, 8 December 2011

  • Wales

    • Food Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) whether food and catering services in her Department plan to implement calorie labelling on menus and display boards; (2) what steps the food and...

    • Newport: Gwent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales pursuant to the answer of 30 November 2011, Official Report, column 954W, on Newport, Gwent, what the (a) purpose and (b) venue was of each visit to...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Audit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what criteria (a) his Department and (b) its public bodies use when deciding whether and when to hold an internal audit; and if he will make a...

    • Risk Assessment

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

  • Prime Minister

    • Research

      To ask the Prime Minister how many times he has visited a (a) university research department or (b) commercial centre of research since May 2010.

    • Festivals and Special Occasions

      To ask the 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.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) if he will estimate the average level of council tax per capita for (a) Eastleigh, (b) Amber Valley, (c) North...

    • Parliamentary Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many parliamentary questions for (a) ordinary written answer and (b) written answer on a named day by his Department have...

      Gurkhas: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 23 November 2011, Official Report, column 430W, on Gurkhas: Aldershot, which local authorities will...

  • Home Department

    • Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment she has made of the use of (a) the internet and (b) mobile telephones in (i) disseminating information about and (ii)...

    • Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to review the use of new methods of using mobile technology following the public disorder of August 2011.

      Firearms: Crime

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of public opinion on what constitutes a gun crime; and whether her Department's definition of a gun crime...

      Metropolitan Police: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information her Department holds on the budget of the SO14 Royalty Protection Unit of the Metropolitan Police for the most recent...

      Police: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many (a) special constables and (b) police community support officers (i) were assigned to duties in Dyfed Powys in (A) 2009 and...

      UK Border Agency: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will ask the UK Border Agency to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall North of 2 November 2011 regarding a...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 12 October 2011, Official Report, columns 426-7W, on employment and support allowance, if he will estimate the level...

    • Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the introduction of universal credit, what definition of (a) in employment and (b) off benefit his Department will use for...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he will publish details of the penalties for early termination of contracts under the (a) Flexible New Deal and (b) Pathways to Work...

      Employment Schemes: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he intends to publish data on the number of job outcomes under the Work programme that result from placement of an apprenticeship.

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people receive local housing allowance in respect of (a) a shared room, (b) one bedroom, (c) two bedrooms, (d) three bedrooms, (e)...

      Housing Benefit: Brent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much discretionary housing payment was allocated to the London borough of Brent in the last five years; and what proportion of the funding...

      Housing Benefit: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many lone parents in Wales receive housing benefit; and what proportion of such claimants are female.

      Housing Benefit: Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department has made of the effect on housing benefit claimants of the introduction of a size criteria in the social rented...

      Housing Benefit: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households in (a) Wales and (b) each local authority in Wales will be worse off following the introduction of the housing benefit cap.

      New Deal Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of referrals were dealt with by voluntary sector providers in each year of the Flexible new deal programme.

      Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate has been made of the value of benefits in addition to annual salary given to the top one per cent. of earners in (a) 1981 and (b)...

      Social Justice Directorate

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the proportion of his Department's budget allocated to the Social Justice Directorate in (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13,...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his policy is on support to fund additional work for people who left benefit and meet the Work programme's definition of in work but who...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with Work programme providers since the publication of the Office for Budget Responsibility's new unemployment...

      Unemployment: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the (a) employability and (b) employment retention of veterans.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Register: Fraud

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many successful prosecutions for electoral registration fraud there were in each region in each of the last five years.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Advisory Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when his Department's review of free advice services will conclude; and when he expects to report the outcome of the review to the House.

    • Air Pollution: Cabinet Committees

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many meetings of the (a) Home Affairs and (b) Economic Affairs Cabinet Sub-Committees have considered the effects of government policy on (i)...

      Charitable Donations: Fraud

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what recent progress he has made in steps to tackle charity bag doorstep collection fraud.

      Government Departments: Databases

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the autumn statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer of 29 November 2011, Official Report, columns 799-810, and the paper Further Detail...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when he expects to reply to the letter of 19 July 2011 from the right hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed on a claim under the Civil Injury Benefit Scheme.

      Public Sector: Part-time Employment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the proportion of public sector workers who work part-time in Wales; and what proportion of such part-time workers are women.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Food Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) whether food and catering services in (a) his Department and (b) public bodies for which he is responsible plan to...

    • Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport (1) how much his Department spent in (a) Birmingham, (b) Newcastle, (c) Wakefield, (d) Manchester, (e) Leeds, (f) Liverpool,...

      Parliamentary Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many and what proportion of questions for ordinary written answer received a substantive response within (a) 10, (b) 20,...

      Gambling: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what timetable he has set for the introduction of a secondary gaming licence for overseas gambling operators.

      Horse Racing: Betting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport with reference to the Gambling Act 2005, when he expects the full agreement between the racecourse bookmakers and (a) Arena...

      Mass Media: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions his Department has had on the negative portrayal of teenagers, including teenage mothers, in the media.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will consider publishing an air quality risk assessment for the purposes of identifying the risks to the UK population...

    • Air Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the effects of poor air quality on different socio-economic groups.

      Air Pollution: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish the minutes of each meeting her Department has had with the European Commission to discuss plans for...

      Air Pollution: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department has completed an equalities impact assessment in respect of its air quality plans for the achievement...

      Biofuels: Pollution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans her Department has to measure (a) black carbon and (b) arsenic emissions from biomass generating plants.

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what discussions her Department has had with the Department for Transport on the introduction of a national framework...

      Coastal Areas: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent progress her Department has made on a timetable for the creation of coastal access pathways in England; and when...

      Debt Recovery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what proportion of invoices from suppliers her Department paid within 10 days of receipt in July and August 2010.

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much has been spent on refurbishing and redecorating ministerial offices in her Department since May 2010.

      Scientific Advice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what her policy is on requiring her Department's (a) agencies and non-departmental public bodies and (b) contractors to have...

      Nitrogen Dioxide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to ensure that nitrogen dioxide levels are within legal limits in all of the UK's zones...

      Nitrogen Dioxide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) how many days each of the UK's zones and agglomerations exceeded the legal limit for nitrogen dioxide in (a) 2010 and...

      Public Sector Employee Bids

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps she is taking to put in place a right to provide for public sector workers to take over the running of...

      World War II: Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) Women's Land Army and (b) Women's Timber Corps lapel badges were awarded in (i) 2008, (ii) 2009, (iii) 2010 and...

  • Treasury

    • Capital Allowances: North-east England

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the extension of 100 per cent. capital allowances in the North East region.

    • Credit Cards: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he plans to take to tackle excessive surcharges following the Office of Fair Trading's recommendations on card payment charges.

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of extending the fuel duty discount pilot scheme to rural areas of Wales.

      National Savings and Investments: Post Offices

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer over what period he expects National Savings and Investments to withdraw its products from the Post Office network.

      Renewable Energy: North-east England

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of (a) enhanced cap allowances and (b) public spending support to the Centres for Offshore...

      Stamp Duties

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of houses sold for over £1 million on which stamp duty land tax was paid at the...

      Stamp Duties: Tax Evasion

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the level of tax evasion on stamp duty; and what steps he is taking to reduce the level of such stamp duty evasion.

      Taxation: Gambling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what progress his Department has made in its plans to tax remote gambling companies by making the taxable location the point of sale to the customer.

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many emergency readmissions there have been in each NHS primary care trust in each year since 1997; (2) what the emergency readmission rate...

    • Community Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the average case load for district nurses (a) in each primary care trust area and (b) nationally in the latest period for...

      Management Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has paid to (a) management consultants and (b) private health companies since May 2010; and what services were paid for.

      Departmental Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which public appointees to senior positions in (a) his Department, (b) its executive agencies, (c) official reviews and (d) commissions of enquiry have...

      Diabetes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people with diabetes in (a) the UK, (b) Kent and (c) Dartford constituency in each of the last five years.

      Doctors: Vacancies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many vacancies for junior doctors there were in each month since May 2010.

      Eating Disorders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with (a) women's groups and (b) men's groups on treatment and support available to (i) adults and (ii) children with...

      Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has any plans to launch a revised public health responsibility deal.

      Health Services: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms his Department has put in place to assess the level of access to health services by war veterans.

      Health Visitors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether he plans to publish an annual report on the health visitor implementation plan, 2011-15; (2) when he expects to publish his first quarterly...

      Health Visitors: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many health visitors have returned to work in the NHS in each of the last five years.

      Health Visitors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many health visitors were in training in each of the last five years.

      Health Visitors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for changes to the content of health visitor higher education programmes.

      Health: Salt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to revise the targets for salt reduction contained in the public health responsibility deal.

      Herbal Medicine: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions officials in his Department have had with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency on enforcement of the EU...

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he took to mark World AIDS day 2011.

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to reduce HIV infection rates; and what steps he plans to take to enable people who are most at risk of contracting...

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) young adults and (b) people were diagnosed with HIV in each of the last five years.

      Injuries: Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children under 16 years were admitted to hospital because of injuries received from a dog in England and Wales in (a) 2011 and (b) 2010.

      Lee Communications and Public Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what meetings Ministers in his Department had with (a) Kevin Lee and (b) representatives of Lee Communications Public Affairs Limited between July 2009...

      Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on media monitoring since May 2010.

      Medical Treatments: Lasers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the provision of specialist training for the use of class four laser treatment in the private therapy sector; and if he...

      Meningitis: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 6 September 2011, Official Report, column 580W, on meningitis: vaccination, whether his Department has received the Joint...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 30 November 2011, Official Report, columns 961-2W, on mental health services, when he expects the National Liaison and Diversion...

      Mental Health Services: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what specialist mental health services are provided for armed forces veterans.

      NHS: Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health from which planned NHS building projects his Department has withdrawn support in the last 12 months.

      NHS: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to prevent attacks on NHS staff.

      Nutrition: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to implement European Commission Regulation (EC) No 41/2009 on the gluten content of food.

      Orphan Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he has taken to ensure that the criteria used by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence and the Advisory Group for...

  • Transport

    • Airports: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will assess the effects of the one-bag rule for hand luggage operated by airlines on the level of airport retail sales; and if she will make a...

    • Airports: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information her Department holds on the number of people employed in the airport retail sector at each UK airport.

      Electric Vehicles: Bicycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the number of accidents involving scooter-style electric bicycles, in each of the last three years.

      Electric Vehicles: Bicycles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether she has plans to review the rules regulating the licensing and use of scooter-style electric bicycles.

      Northern Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to improve Northern Rail connectivity between Liverpool and Newcastle; and what recent progress she has made on the Northern Hub.

      Railway Stations: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many station staff on average were employed at railway stations in category (a) A, (b) B, (c) C, (d) D and (e) E in the most recent 12 months for...

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the invitation to tender for search and rescue helicopters includes a requirement that helicopters be equipped with night vision goggles.

      Severn River Crossing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much money has been raised by Severn River Crossing in each of the last five years; how much has been paid to Severn River Crossing plc in each of...

      Transport: Exhaust Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the effect on UK carbon emissions of the level of investment in (a) rail and (b) road set out in the autumn statement.

  • International Development

    • Departmental Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which organisations that have received funding from his Department have brought legal proceedings against his Department in the last...

    • Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to ensure social value is included when services are commissioned by (a) his Department and (b) its...

      Ethiopia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effect of aid on standards of governance in Ethiopia.

      EU Aid: Family Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will take steps to encourage his EU counterparts to increase aid for family planning above 0.4 per cent. of the total EU aid budget.

      Tristan da Cunha

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he plans to visit Tristan da Cunha.

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many individuals attached to UK military operations in Afghanistan are employed through private contractors; what proportion of UK military staff in...

    • Armed Forces: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average expenditure per recruit on academic education and non-military related training is for recruits at (a) the Army Foundation College...

      Armed Forces: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of recruits enlisting in the Armed Forces aged 18 years or younger attended the Army Technical Foundation College Winchester in the...

      Armed Forces: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of staff at (a) the Army Foundation College Harrogate and (b) the Army Technical Foundation College Westminster have Qualified Teacher...

      Armed Forces: Germany

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 4 May 2011, Official Report, columns 819-20W, on Armed Forces: Germany, what recent discussions officials in his Department...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel and their families are waiting for married quarters accommodation in the greater Portsmouth area.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many married quarters in (a) Fareham, (b) Gosport and (c) Portsmouth were handed back to Annington Homes in each of the last five years.

      Defence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of (a) the defence estate and (b) military industry in (i) Scotland and (ii) the UK.

      Departmental Civil Proceedings

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

      Departmental Communications

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

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of contracts awarded through the framework agreement technical support process have been internally audited in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of his Department's properties are occupied in (a) Portsmouth, (b) Fareham and (c) Gosport.

      Ex-servicemen: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment his Department has made of the effect of service in the armed forces on (a) employability and (b) employment retention of veterans.

      HMS Protector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the total monetary cost was of HMS Protector from acquisition to operational readiness.

      Joint Exercises: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of the UK's participation in Exercise Bersama Lima.

      Military Bases: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which of the sites owned by his Department and earmarked for housing development as indicated in the written ministerial statement of 21 November 2011 on...

      Military Provost Guard Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the strength of the Military Provost Guard Service in relation to its responsibilities.

      RAF St Athan: Airlines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has considered the merits of allowing the use of RAF St Athan by private airlines; and if he will make a statement.

  • Justice

    • Alternatives to Prison

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer to my right hon. Friend the Member for Tooting (Sadiq Khan) of 20 June 2011, Official Report, column 112W, on young offenders:...

    • Children: Abduction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to bring forward proposals to change the offence of a parent taking and keeping a child abroad for over 30 days without permission of...

      Departmental Audit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what criteria (a) his Department and (b) its public bodies use when deciding whether and when to hold an internal audit; and if he will make a statement.

      Parliamentary Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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.

      Prisoners’ Release: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many sex offenders were released after being found guilty but were released due to time served on remand.

      Prisons: Postal Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many instances there have been where prisoners have received compensation in relation to cases concerning Rule 39 items of post being interfered with...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders have been convicted of offences whilst subject to a community order in each of the last five years; and how many such offences were of...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Climate Change: International Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will take steps to encourage EU and African groups at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to (a) consider the links...

    • Departmental Audit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what criteria (a) his Department and (b) its public bodies use when deciding whether and when to hold an internal audit; and if he will...

      Departmental Civil Proceedings

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

      Judicial Review

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

      Risk Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what risk registers are held by the public bodies for which his Department is responsible; and if he will make a statement.

      Parliamentary Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many and what proportion of questions for ordinary written answer received a substantive response within (a) 10, (b) 20, (c) 30 and...

      Electricity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change with reference to the Electricity Safety, Quality and Continuity Regulations 2002, what steps he has taken to enforce the continuity...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of energy lost through the transmission network in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Energy: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many houses in England he estimates meet an energy efficiency rating of (a) A, (b) B, (c) C, (d) D, (e) E, (f) F and (g) G.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to publish his proposals for the allocation of funding for early uptake of the Green Deal in its initial phase in 2012-13...

      Nuclear Power Stations: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) with reference to the National Infrastructure Plan, what discussions he has had with his ministerial colleagues in (a) HM...

      Scottish Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when officials of his Department last met officials of the Scottish Government; and what was discussed.

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to his answer of 24 November 2011, official report, column 474, on renewable energy: feed-in tariff, what the average payment...

      Warm Home Discount Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what changes he is considering to support provided to pensioners through the Warm Home Discount scheme; and if he will make a statement.

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether Academies are able to sell assets such as land.

    • Children's Centres: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education from what date local authorities will be required to provide information about expenditure on children's centres; where such information will be...

      Departmental Judicial Review

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

      Design and Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of children studying Design and Technology in (a) Sefton and (b) England in each of the years 2010-11 to 2014-15.

      British Overseas Territories: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on programmes to educate school students about the British Overseas Territories.

      Design and Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of students who will study design and technology and related subjects in each of the next 10 years.

      Education: Young Mothers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of mothers aged 16 to 19 were in education, employment or training on the latest date for which figures are available.

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to the National Music Plan, what assessment he has made of the potential effects of reductions in local government funding on the...

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much funding his Department has allocated for the provision of music education in the next three years by local authority area; and how much...

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much funding his Department has allocated to local authorities for the purchase of musical instruments in the next three years by local authority area.

      Music: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he plans to take to ensure that music teachers are engaged in the implementation and delivery of the National Plan for Music Education.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the average number of pupils was in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

      Schools: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to amend the Admissions Code to control the number of lone European Economic Area children studying in the UK.

      Schools: History Teaching

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether there are any subjects in British history which his Department directs schools not to teach.

      Schools: Inspections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of parent consultations on Ofsted inspections.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Manufacturing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of the performance of the manufacturing sector.

    • Airports: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has assessed the level of retail sales in airports (a) annually and (b) seasonally; and if he will make a statement.

      Airports: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the contribution of airport retail to the economy (a) annually and (b) during Christmas; and if he...

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many new apprenticeships have been started in each year since 2008-09.

      Basic Skills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to ensure that young people have the social and emotional skills needed in the workplace.

      Business: Equal Opportunities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to encourage FTSE 100 and FTSE 200 listed businesses to publish the numbers of men and women they employ.

      Copyright: Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to minimise the effect on business of changes to artists' resale rights.

      Consumer Debt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he has taken to assist those with very high levels of personal debt in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Audit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what criteria (a) his Department and (b) its public bodies use when deciding whether and when to hold an internal audit; and if...

      Departmental Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which organisations that have received funding from his Department have brought legal proceedings against his Department in the...

      Design Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department has spent on design in respect of (a) logos, (b) buildings, (c) advertising, (d) stationery and (e)...

      Departmental Judicial Review

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

      Official Hospitality

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

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to ensure social value is included when services are commissioned by (a) his Department and...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with the British Council on the effect on the international reputation of British higher education of...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what plans he has to alter the AAB and above threshold for unrestricted recruitment of university places following the 2012-13...

      Insolvency: Legislation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department has any plans to review insolvency laws.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he plans to answer the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton of 6 October 2011 with regard to Mr P Wightman.

      National Savings and Investments: Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with representatives of National Savings and Investments on its decision to stop selling its products...

      Overseas Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his most recent estimate is of the number of lone European Economic Area students studying in the UK.

      Planning: Sculpture

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he will review the effectiveness of the operation of legislation enshrining an artist's moral rights pertaining to site...

      Postcodes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department uses postcodes for purposes other than the postage of mail.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the Autumn Statement 2011, column 8231, page 46, table 2.1, what spending decisions are represented by the...

      Regional Growth Fund: EU Grants and Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2011, Official Report, column 852W, on regional growth fund: EU grants and loans, how many...

      Space Technology

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to encourage sales of remote sensing services by businesses in the UK space sector.

      Steria

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

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has received representations concerning (a) the Big Society Bank, (b) the Work programme and (c) volunteering since...

      Third Sector: Finance

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

      Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will commission an independent assessment of the contribution of union representatives to business performance in the...

      Interships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) whether he has estimated the average cost incurred per week by a person undertaking an unpaid internship in London; (2)...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Departmental Pay

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

    • Press Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2011, Official Report, column 862W, on press releases, what representations his Department...

      Press Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2011, Official Report, column 862W, on departmental press releases, whether a partial text...

      Embassies: Festivals and Special Occasions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many embassies and other posts held events to celebrate (a) St George's Day, (b)St Andrew's Day, (c) St Patrick's Day and...

      EU Law: Czech Republic

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the proposal by the government of the Czech Republic for an amendment of the EU Treaties submitted to the...

      EU Law: Republic of Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the proposal by the Government of Ireland for an amendment of the EU treaties submitted to the President...

      Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to encourage the British Ambassador to Israel to (a) visit Beer Sheva and the Bedouin villages and (b)...

      Linda Carty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made representations to his US counterpart on behalf of Linda Carty; and if he will make a statement.

  • House of Lords

    • Airports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the aviation industry regarding capacity at airports around London in the past six months.

    • Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when it is expected that the last aircraft carrier currently planned will be commissioned; what will be the interim capacity arrangements; and if no interim...

      Asylum Seekers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many asylum seekers have arrived from Eritrea in each of the past five years and in total over those years; what are the major reasons given by them for...

      Banking: Levy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have carried out an assessment of how much of the bank levy will be absorbed by banks, and how much will be passed on to customers.

      Businesses: Rural Areas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many businesses registered in a rural area for the first time in each year from 2000; how many of those were new start-ups; and how many were relocations from...

      Credit Cards: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 15 November (WA 125), what assessment they have made of the contribution of chip and PIN technology in reducing...

      Democracy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they will take while holding the chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to encourage the development and extension of the...

      Democracy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what role a country having a democratic process has in the decision to recognise it.

      Egypt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are making representations to the Government of Egypt in favour of presidential elections on the earliest possible date, and civilian control over the...

      EU: Interest Rate Swaps

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they propose to respond to the proposal from the European Central Bank that clearance of euro-denominated over-the-counter interest rate swaps must take place...

      Finance: Discount Rate

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what rate of interest they use to discount future revenues and benefits from capital projects and in infrastructure expenditure evaluation; and what is the current...

      Finance: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what work they are undertaking with the banking and financial services industry to reduce instances of fraud at cash machines.

      Finance: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of preventative measures put in place by the banking and financial services industry to combat fraud in relation to the non-receipt of mail.

      Firearms: Home Office Firearms Forms Working Group

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Home Office Firearms Forms Working Group last met, and when it is next expected to meet.

      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 Wales Office.

      Government Departments: Buildings

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there are sufficient work stations and telephone extensions for all Foreign and Commonwealth Office staff stationed in King Charles Street and the Old...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportions, in terms of value, of Government Procurement Service contracts have been awarded to small businesses in the past year.

      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 Ministry of Defence...

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many civil servants are paid as departmental trade union side staff in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Department for Work and...

      Higher Education: Overseas Students

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 28 November (WA 23), why non-European Union students coming to United Kingdom higher educational institutions and...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what will be the effect on the pool of social housing of increasing the discounts for purchases by sitting tenants; whether the pool will be reduced; and why they...

      Infrastructure Investment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have estimated the cost of capital used by private sector financiers of infrastructure projects against the cost to them of capital for infrastructure...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the International Court of Justice is able to take cognisance of any future withholding of Palestinian taxes and customs receipts by Israel.

      Justice: Legal Fees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will seek to deduct the court costs involved in Mr Joseph Memer's 20 convictions for criminal offences and any legitimate imprisonment costs from the...

      Legislation

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

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which member states of the European Union provided military forces to ensure the no-fly zone over Libya in accordance with United Nations Security Council...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration has been given to gender and ethnic balance on local enterprise partnerships.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether research or appraisal has been or is planned to be undertaken on the economic impact of local enterprise partnerships.

      Patrick Finucane

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made payments to Madden and Finucane Solicitors in relation to the proposed Patrick Finucane inquiry; and, if so, what amount they have paid in...

      Railways: High Speed 2

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 28 November (WA 30), how many of the 55,000 submissions included in the analysis undertaken by the Department of...

      Railways: High Speed 2

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 28 November (WA 30), whether they will place a copy of the analysis undertaken by the Department of Transport in...

      Riot (Damages) Act 1886

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many payments have been made to claimants under the Riot (Damages) Act 1886 following the riots in August 2011.

      State Recognition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what role the Montevideo Convention of 1933 has in the decision-making process on whether to recognise a state or country.

      Unemployment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what the unemployment rate for young people and the number of unemployed young people would have been in the last eight quarters if full-time students were...

      Water Management: Overseas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will co-ordinate their support for international water programmes with their objective of improving public health and food supply and meeting the...

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