Written answers

Monday, 12 December 2011

  • Scotland

    • Departmental Audit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what criteria his Department uses when deciding whether and when to hold an internal audit; and if he will make a statement.

    • Risk Assessment

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

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps his Department is taking to ensure social value is included when services are commissioned by his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Unemployment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has to meet the Scottish Government Minister for Youth Unemployment before January 2012.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Computers

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the answer of 13 October 2010, Official Report, column 290W, on...

  • Wales

    • Departmental Audit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what criteria her Department uses when deciding whether and when to hold an internal audit; and if she will make a statement.

    • Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what steps her Department is taking to ensure social value is included when services are commissioned by her Department; and if she will make a statement.

      Risk Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what risk registers are held by the non-departmental public bodies for which her Department is responsible; and if she will make a statement.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Responsibilities

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

  • Prime Minister

    • Cabinet

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 24 October 2011, Official Report, column 1WS, on the Cabinet Manual, (1) whether he expects chapter two of the Cabinet...

    • Departmental Internet

      To ask the Prime Minister if he will ensure that the 10 Downing street website is updated to include meetings he has had since March 2011.

      Departmental Publications

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

      Parliamentary Written Questions

      To ask the Prime Minister how many and what proportion of questions for ordinary written answer received a substantive response within (a) 10, (b) 20, (c) 30 and (d) more than 30 sitting days in...

  • Attorney-General

    • Departmental Audit

      To ask the Attorney-General what criteria (a) the Law Officers' Departments and (b) its public bodies use when deciding whether and when to hold an internal audit; and if he will make a statement.

    • Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Attorney-General what steps his Department is taking to ensure social value is included when services are commissioned by (a) the Law Officers' Departments and (b) its public bodies;...

      Risk Assessment

      To ask the Attorney-General what risk registers are held by the public bodies for which the Law Officers' Departments are responsible; and if he will make a statement.

      Prosecutions: Tobacco

      To ask the Attorney-General how many people have been prosecuted for selling illegal tobacco products in each of the last five years.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agriculture: Subsidies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has made an estimate of the number of (a) hon. Members and (b) Members of the European Parliament who receive...

    • Animal Welfare: Circuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 8 November 2011, Official Report, column 221W, on animal welfare: circuses, for what reasons it was...

      Animal Welfare: Circuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of legal advice submitted to her Department by Animal Defenders International on 7 June 2011 on...

      Animal Welfare: Circuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she plans to publish proposals for a licensing scheme for wild animals in circuses.

      Animal Welfare: Circuses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which bodies are advising her Department on the proposals for a licensing scheme for wild animals in circuses.

      Animal Welfare: Performing Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessments she has made of the adequacy of the welfare standards applicable to animals used in the performing...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cases of bovine tuberculosis have been recorded in camelids in each of the last 12 months.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) initial capital cost and (b) ongoing maintenance costs are of the SAM computer system for logging cases of...

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what correspondence she has received on the effects on local authority budgets of dealing with dangerous dogs in England.

      Dogs: Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the case for compulsory micro-chipping of dogs.

      Imports: Israel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what total volume by (a) value and (b) tonnage of fresh fruit and vegetables was imported from Israel in each of the last...

      Livestock: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the risk to human and animal health of the use of antibiotics on farm animals as a...

      Livestock: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the number of animals subjected to mulesing in England in the latest period for which figures...

      Veterinary Laboratory Service: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what impact assessment her Department has conducted on (a) the loss of 81 members of staff in the rationalisation of the...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects to answer question 70107, on electronic training aids for cats, tabled by the hon. Member for North East...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Cadets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 30 November 2011, Official Report, column 974W, on armed forces: cadets, if he will consider extending the central provision of...

    • Armed Forces: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps he is taking to ensure that education and training for armed forces recruits aged between 16 and 18 years meet the minimum standards...

      Armed Forces: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what changes have been made to the Pay As You Dine scheme since May 2010.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimate he has made of the number of (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) RAF personnel in Afghanistan who will return to a different...

      Armed Forces: Leisure Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what estimate he has made of the number of local authorities in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland which offer discounts...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what efficiency savings his Department made in 2010-11; what savings he expects to make in (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13; what targets he has set for each...

      Railways

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions his Department has had with the Department for Transport on the potential for greater use of his Department's rail infrastructure in and...

      Ex-servicemen: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many veterans of the armed forces have found long-term work through the Employment Support Programme in each year since its creation; (2) how...

      Iran: Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his assessment is of the potential for the weaponisation of the Iranian nuclear programme.

      Postcodes

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

      RAF Lossiemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) pursuant to the answer of 9 November 2011, Official Report, column 368W, on RAF Lossiemouth, European Fighter Aircraft, for what period of time RAF...

      Strategic Defence and Security Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will review the Strategic Defence and Security Review in the light of global instability; (2) if he will review the Strategic Defence and...

      Warships: Wrecks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what steps his Department is taking to identify and contact the current owners of HMS Aboukir, HMS Hogue and HMS Cressy to seek their assistance in...

      Warships: Wrecks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the protection of maritime war graves in international waters; and if he will make a statement.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Broadband: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much his Department has invested in broadband infrastructure in each of the last three financial years.

    • Departmental Audit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what criteria (a) his Department and (b) its public bodies use when deciding whether and when to hold an internal audit; and...

      Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how many secondees are working in his Department and its associated public bodies; from which organisations; for how long each...

      Ofcom: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the budget is for Ofcom for the period 2008 to 2016.

      Olympic Games 2012: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what the cost was of operating the London 2012 Business Network in each year since its establishment.

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the monetary value of receipts from the auction of 4G spectrum.

      Radio Frequencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the monetary value of receipts from the release of spectrum below 5 GHz.

      International Sporting Events

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will estimate the financial benefit to the economy of international sporting events staged in the UK for each of the...

      Sports: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the decision by HM Revenue and Customs that the provision...

      Sports: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the potential effects on levels of participation in sport of the decision by HM Revenue and...

      Sports: VAT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will offer assistance to providers of league sport services whose businesses are affected by the HM Revenue and Customs...

      Television: Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what information his Department holds on the number of television licences issued in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Parliamentary Written Questions

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many and what proportion of questions for ordinary written answer received a substantive response within (a) 10, (b) 20, (c) 30 and (d) more than 30 sitting...

    • Domestic Visits

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many visits he has undertaken in an official capacity to (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland since his appointment; and whether he plans to visit...

      Travellers: Caravan Sites

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what consideration has been given by the Collaborative Spatial Planning Group of the British-Irish Council to the availability of sites for Irish Travellers...

  • 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) Suffolk Coastal, (b) Teignbridge, (c) Breckland,...

    • Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress his Department has made on the implementation of council tax benefit localisation.

      Departmental Audit

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

      Departmental Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) press officers, (b) internal communications officers, (c) external communications officers, (d) communications...

      Departmental Judicial Review

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

      Departmental Pay

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

      Parliamentary Written Questions

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

      Homes and Communities Agency: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what criteria were used to select the members of the Homes and Communities Agency's Diversity and Equality Working Group; and if...

      Housing: North-east England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to his policy on underoccupancy, what assessment he has made of (a) the availability of and (b) potential changes...

      Housing: Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effect on UK housing stock of (a) migration from the EU and (b) non-EU immigration.

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will assess the effect on rural areas of (a) any changes to the arrangements for local retention of business rates and (b)...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the number of homes that will be sold under the new right to buy scheme in each year between...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the potential implications for housing benefit expenditure of the extension of the Right to Buy...

      Right to Buy Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes his Department estimates will be created from the revenue from the sale of social housing properties to their...

      Social Rented Housing: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 30 November 2011, Official Report, column 991W, on social rented housing: armed forces, (1) what...

      Urban Areas: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 7 November 2011, Official Report, columns 25-6W, on urban areas: finance, which local authorities have...

      Voluntary Organisations: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he has taken to ensure local authorities follow best value guidance when making decisions on the funding of voluntary...

      Wildlife: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department is to be involved in the review of the implementation of the (a) Habitats and (b) Wild Birds Directive.

  • Transport

    • Biofuels: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding her Department provides to assist the development of biofuels.

    • Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) letters and (b) emails her Department has received on cycling in the last 12 months. [Official Report, 23 February 2012, Vol. 540, c. 1MC.]

      Dartford-Thurrock Crossing: Automatic Number Plate Recognition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the cost of installing automatic number plate recognition systems for use at the Dartford Crossing.

      Departmental Audit

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

      Departmental Civil Proceedings

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

      Food Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to ensure that the same standards of animal welfare for whole eggs apply to imported liquefied eggs procured by (a) her...

      Food Procurement

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

      Food Procurement

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

      Departmental Internet

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

      Official Hospitality

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

      Departmental Older Workers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people her Department employs who are aged over (a) 55 and (b) 65.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much her Department spent in (a) Birmingham, (b) Newcastle, (c) Wakefield, (d) Manchester, (e) Leeds, (f) Liverpool, (g) Coventry, (h) Bristol, (i)...

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions she has had on the future of electric cars.

      First Capital Connect: Snow and Ice

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what meetings Ministers in her Department have had with First Capital Connect on preparations for winter weather.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she plans to respond to the letter of 6 October 2011 from the hon. Member for South Northamptonshire.

      Motor Vehicles: Lights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport in how many accidents have poorly adjusted headlamps of oncoming vehicles been a contributory factor in each of the last five years.

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost to the public purse was of issuing V5C vehicle registration certificates to all owners of cars; and if she will make a statement.

      Motor Vehicles: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she has had with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency on (a) reducing the risk of theft of and (b) its procedures for safe disposal...

      Parking: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what statutory provisions govern the time allowed to a car driver to decide whether a pay and display car parking fee is reasonable before...

      Railways: Bicester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on the potential for greater use of Ministry of Defence rail infrastructure in and...

      Railways: Bicester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what planning process she expects to be followed in respect of the route and construction of the re-opening of the east-west rail link between Oxford...

      Railways: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2011, Official Report, column 891W, on railways: private sector and with reference to page 104 of the Office of...

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) deaths and (b) serious injuries have occurred on roads in Pendle constituency in the last 12 months.

      Roads: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the number of staged car accidents in the latest period for which figures are available; and what estimate has been made...

      Roads: Manholes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department is taking to improve the standard of grip for (a) two wheeled vehicles on manholes and (b) inspection covers on roads in England.

      Roads: Repairs and Maintenance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment her Department has made of the cooling time for bituminous paving materials used on roads for the purposes of determining reasonable...

      Steria

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

      Tottenham Hale-Brimsdown Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether she has made an assessment of the need for a third rail track between Tottenham Hale and Brimsdown on the line between London Liverpool Street...

  • Justice

    • Free Schools: Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 1 December 2011, Official Report, column 1042W, on free schools: planning permission, whether (1) his Department would return...

    • Alternatives to Prison: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his policy is on the provision of alternatives to custody for women offenders; and if he will make a statement.

      Bail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were bailed from the courts in each of the last five years.

      Birmingham: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what expenditure his Department plans to incur by way of (a) ring-fenced and (b) non ring-fenced grants in Birmingham in each of the next three years.

      Birmingham: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assets his Department owns in Birmingham; and what is the estimated value of each such asset.

      Food Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether food and catering services in (a) his Department and (b) public bodies for which he is responsible plan to implement calorie labelling on...

      Departmental Responsibilities

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

      Risk Assessment

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

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to reply to the letter from the right hon. Member for Croydon North of 19 July 2011 concerning the circumstances leading to the death of...

      Offender Assessment System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to his planned review and redesign of the Asset structured assessment tool, whether he has any plans to similarly update the Offender...

      Offender Assessment System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the Offender Assessment System includes a section to identify speech, language or communication needs in adult offenders.

      Police Cautions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what provision he has made for public scrutiny of the practice of conditional cautioning.

      Prisoners: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average cost per year is of accommodating a prisoner serving an indeterminate sentence for public protection.

      Prisons: Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisons have installed energy efficiency measures since May 2010.

      Prisons: Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will estimate the average annual heating and lighting costs in prisons if all prisons reached Energy Performance Certificate grade (a) A, (b) B,...

      Prisons: Energy Efficiency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average Energy Performance Certificate rating is of the prison estate.

      Prosecutions: Fireworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) fixed penalties were issued and (b) prosecutions were brought relating to the misuse of fireworks in (i) St Helens South and Whiston...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of suspended sentences which have been breached by offenders in (a) Leicestershire, (b) the East Midlands region...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much direct funding his Department has allocated to each civil society organisation in (a) 2010-11, (b) 2011-12, (c) 2012-13, (d) 2013-14 and (e)...

      Victims: Commissioner

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to appoint a new Victims Commissioner.

      Young Offenders Institutions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many hours on average young offenders aged (a) under 18-years-old and (b) between 18 and 20 years spent out of cells on (i) weekdays and (ii)...

      Young Offenders: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much the Youth Justice Board paid, including VAT per person for a place in (a) a secure children's home, (b) a secure training centre, (c) a...

      Youth Custody: Enfield

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders aged 18 to 20 from the London borough of Enfield have been held in (a) young offender institutions, (b) local prisons, (c) women's...

  • Education

    • Academies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) academies and (b) free schools there are in each local authority in England.

    • Academies: School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will publish the results of research commissioned from the School Food Trust on nutritional standards in academies.

      Education: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what consideration he has given to providing additional grants to rural areas for the purposes of access to educational services.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the selection (a) criteria and (b) process were for the recent grant awarded by his Department for free school pre-application support.

      GCSE: North-west England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of (a) looked after children and (b) other children gained five GCSEs or equivalent at grades A* to C in each of the last five years...

      New Schools Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what agreement the New Schools Network concluded with the Appointments Commission to enable it to recruit for staff to launch free schools.

      Pupil Exclusions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many children in each secondary school year group were permanently excluded from (a) academies, (b) free schools and (c) other schools in (i) the...

      Pupil Premium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of his Department's budget for the pupil premium has been spent on students in Pendle constituency since April 2011.

      School Meals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what plans he has to ensure healthy school meal standards.

      School Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to seek to ensure that schools which did not meet the Government's GCSE targets in 2011 do so in future years.

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many learners aged 19 years at the start of their course claimed Care to Learn in (a) 2009-10, (b) 2010-11 and (c) 2011 to date; (2) what...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to publish the outcome of his consultation on Care to Learn; and how many responses the consultation has received.

      Teenage Pregnancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many teenage pregnancies there were in England in each year since 1997; and how many there were in each local authority in the most recent period...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Big Lottery Fund: Public Appointments

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what remuneration the Chair of the Big Lottery Fund is receiving; how many days a week he works for the Fund; for how long he has been appointed; and...

    • Charity Commission: Public Appointments

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when he proposes to start recruitment for the next Chair of the Charity Commission; what recruitment process will be followed; and if he will make a...

      Departmental Audit

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office 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.

      Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the cost of employing civil servants to undertake procurement for his Department in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c)...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much his Department spent in (a) Birmingham, (b) Newcastle, (c) Wakefield, (d) Manchester, (e) Leeds, (f) Liverpool, (g) Coventry, (h) Bristol, (i)...

      Departmental Publications

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

      Unemployment: Households

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of households in each parliamentary constituency have (a) any adult and (b) all adults who have never worked.

      Government Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will estimate the number of government contracts which have not been awarded to UK companies due to EU procurement rules in each of the last five...

      Immigrants: EU Nationals

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 22 November 2011, Official Report, columns 333-4W, on immigrants: EU nationals, what the original countries of birth were of...

      Immigrants: EU Nationals

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 22 November 2011, Official Report, columns 333-4W, on immigrants: EU nationals, how many EU nationals whose original country...

      Population: Babies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate has been made of the number of children in each constituent part of the UK who are aged under one.

      Public Sector: Mutual Societies

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment his Department has made of the performance of the mutuals pathfinders; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Sector: Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate has been made of the real level of pay for staff working in the public sector in (a) Sefton and (b) the UK in each of the next five years.

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps his Department is taking to ensure that non-unionised public sector workers are represented in pension negotiations.

      Steria

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

      Voluntary Work: Young People

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

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Aviation: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 17 May 2011, Official Report, column 149W, on aviation: treaties, what recent progress has been made on...

    • Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of mentors available to support small businesses in (a) Sefton and (b) nationally.

      Business: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 10 November 2011, Official Report, columns 459-60W, on business: entry clearances, if he will place in...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many applications from employees to run services for which his Department is directly responsible he has received since May...

      Export Credits Guarantees: Egypt

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether any of the debt owed by Egypt to the Export Credits Guarantee Department comes from sales of military equipment.

      Financial Services: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to promote financial inclusion for older people living in rural areas who do not have access to the internet.

      Further Education: English Language

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions Ministers in his Department have had with the Association of Colleges on fee remission for English for...

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has plans for further changes to higher education policy in 2013-14.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the average cost was of providing a level 3 or higher qualification for adults aged 24 years old and over in the latest...

      Higher Education: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many institutions have set tuition fees below £9,000.

      Manufacturing Industries: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding his Department has provided to colleges and training providers to train people for jobs in the manufacturing...

      Post Offices: Pilot Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 28 November 2011, Official Report, column 736W, on post offices, what recent discussions he has had...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department spent in (a) Birmingham, (b) Newcastle, (c) Wakefield, (d) Manchester, (e) Leeds, (f) Liverpool, (g)...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding his Department has allocated to Birmingham in (a) ring-fenced and (b) non ring-fenced funding grants for each of...

      Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to support young people leaving kinship care to access the National Scholarship scheme; and if he will...

      Tourism: Regional Development Agencies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much each regional development agency spent on promoting tourism in its respective region in each of the last five financial...

      Veterinary Services: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will ask the Competition Commission to investigate the pricing structures of the veterinary profession.

  • Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to the public purse was of the consultation on the reform of air passenger duty; and if he will estimate the number of hours officials in his...

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the likely amount of air passenger duty paid per passenger journey to (a) the Caribbean and (b) Hawaii following implementation...

      Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when airlines were informed of the new air passenger duty rates applicable from 1 April 2012.

      Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which of the changes to air passenger duty announced in the Government response to the consultation on the reform of air passenger duty are intended to...

      Business: Loans

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether companies that develop and export low carbon technologies will be eligible to receive support through his proposed National Loan Guarantee Scheme.

      Child Benefit: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) families and (b) lone parents receive child benefit in Wales; and how many such lone parents are women.

      Departmental Audit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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.

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to ensure social value is included when services are commissioned by (a) his Department and (b) its public bodies; and...

      Economic Growth

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

      Economic Growth: North-west England

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his autumn statement of 29 November 2011, Official Report, column 806, what plans he has for the development of the Atlantic Gateway.

      Employment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department has made an estimate of the number of new jobs required to be created to maintain employment levels at a time of increasing...

      Financial Services: Qualifications

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with the Financial Services Authority as part of the retail distribution review on exempting financial advisers who have reached...

      National Income

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of levels of domestic consumption on gross domestic product over the last 12 months.

      Poverty: Rural Areas

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the implications of the findings of the Hills Report for his policy on rural poverty.

      Public Expenditure: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether factors other than the application of the Barnett formula were used to determine the block grant to Northern Ireland announced in October 2010.

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 21 November 2011, Official Report, columns 179-80W, on public sector: pensions, to which individual trades union leaders the Chief...

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect on the level of pensions of the uprating of public sector pensions for (a) current and (b) future pensioners.

      Public Sector: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the total annual increase in public sector pension payment expenditure arising from the proposed (a) guarantee to protect full...

      Revenue and Customs: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to improve the performance of HM Revenue and Customs in dealing with post at the National Insurance Contributions and Employer...

      Taxation: Energy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of the proposed removal of the levy exemption certificate on energy intensive industries which depend on combined...

      Taxation: Energy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of the proposed carbon floor price on energy intensive industries which depend on combined heat and power plants.

      Taxation: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the potential revenue yield from setting the annual pension tax relief allowance at (a) £40,000 and (b)...

      Taxation: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the cost of restricting tax relief on pensions to 20 per cent. on incomes of over £100,000 per annum; and if he...

      VAT: Electronic Publishing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department plans to introduce a zero rate of value added tax on e-books.

      Working Tax Credit: Wales

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) male and (b) female lone parents receive working tax credits in Wales.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he plans to answer questions (a) 79735, (b) 79736, (c) 79737, (d) 79738 tabled by the hon. Member for Nottingham East on 7 November 2011 for answer on...

  • Health

    • Contraceptives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance his Department plans to provide to local authorities on how to undertake a needs assessment of contraceptive services in their...

    • Abortion: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the causes of multiple abortions among (i) under 16s and (ii) under 18s.

      Abortion: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many girls of school age who had abortions in the latest period for which figures are available have previously been on an at risk register.

      Abortion: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of people aged under 18 years who had abortions in the latest period for which figures are available are recorded as having had a previous...

      Antenatal Care: Wirral

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what improvements have been made in the antenatal care offered to families by antenatal contact at 28 to 36 weeks in the Wirral following his agreement on...

      Baby Care Units: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of future staffing levels of neonatal units for premature and ill babies in NHS hospitals.

      Baby Care Units: Nurses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many specialist nursing staff are employed to care for premature or ill babies in NHS hospitals in each year since 2006.

      Children's Centres: Departmental Co-ordination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking jointly with the Department for Education to enable Sure Start children's centres to focus on families in greatest need.

      Chronically Sick People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people in the (a) working and (b) total population suffering from (i) one long-term condition and (ii) two...

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assets his Department owns in Birmingham; and what the book value is of each such asset.

      Departmental Audit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent in (a) Birmingham, (b) Newcastle, (c) Wakefield, (d) Manchester, (e) Leeds, (f) Liverpool, (g) Coventry, (h) Bristol, (i)...

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding his Department has allocated to Birmingham in (a) ring-fenced and (b) non-ring fenced funding grants for each of the next three years.

      Departmental Responsibilities

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

      Doctors: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many non-UK doctors have been registered in (a) Suffolk Primary Care Trust and (b) England to provide out-of-hours care in each year since 2001;...

      E. coli

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of E. coli 0157 infection were reported in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008, (d) 2009, (e) 2010 and (f) 2011.

      E. coli

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to ensure the implementation of the recommendations of the Griffin report into the outbreak of E.coli 0157 at Godstone Farm,...

      Epilepsy: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what variation there is in the funding of vagus nerve stimulation for refractory epilepsy by (a) primary care trusts and (b) specialised commissioning groups.

      Family Nurse Partnership Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people worked in family nurse partnerships in each year since the inception of the family nurse partnership programme; (2) how many...

      Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on the number of children with foetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

      Four Seasons Health Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health with responsibility (1) with reference to comments made by the Minister for care services on Radio 4's “Today” Programme, 6 December 2011,...

      Health Services: Cardiovascular System

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether NICE has any plans to publish a quality standard on the treatment of cardiovascular disease.

      Health Services: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has any plans to include sexual history in the men's health check.

      Health Visitors: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to reform the regulation of the health visitor role undertaken by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

      Health Visitors: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many health visitor training commissions there were in each strategic health authority in 2011-12.

      Health: Males

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the number of men that are likely to suffer from testosterone deficiency syndrome in 2020.

      Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which hospitals (a) he and (b) each other Minister in his Department has visited since May 2010; and on what date each such visit took place.

      KPMG

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has paid (a) KPMG and (b) McKinsey since May 2010; and for what services.

      Malcolm Lader

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether Professor Malcolm Lader holds any official appointment within his Department or any of its Executive agencies or non-departmental public bodies;...

      Medical Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects GP practices to have access to systems allowing them to issue electronic fit notes.

      Mental Health Services: Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many acute mental health beds there are in each mental health trust in England; and how many such beds there are per 100,000 people.

      Midwives: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the additional midwives the Government undertook to provide are being provided at a local level in the...

      Neurology: Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of interim funding decisions for neurosurgery made by specialised commissioning groups on (a) patients with rare...

      NHS: Negligence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether the NHS Litigation Authority is operating a moratorium on settling large claims; and if he will make a statement; (2) in how many cases the...

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to draw to the attention of (a) GPs and (b) hospital trusts the recent advice of the National Institute for Health and...

      Palliative Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that patients and their relatives are informed by clinicians when hospital trusts are placed on the...

      Palliative Care: Community Hospitals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has made any assessment of the relative importance of palliative care, rehabilitation and post-operative and respite care being delivered in...

      Prescriptions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions were issued by (a) nurse independent prescribers, (b) community practitioner nurse prescribers and (c) doctors in each of the last...

      Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what costs have been incurred by the Health Protection Agency following the incident at the Fukushima nuclear plant in respect of collaboration with (a)...

      Steria

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

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Climate Research Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the Climate Research Unit.

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the monetary value was of the (a) Carbon Emission Reduction Target and (b) Community Energy Saving Programme in (i) 2008, (ii)...

      Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress he has made on his inquiry into the outcome of the European Parliament vote of 5 July 2011 on carbon emissions targets;...

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the expected timetable is for the development of carbon capture and storage projects; and if he will make a statement.

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with Scottish and Southern Energy on the timetable for the development of carbon capture and storage at...

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much Government funding will be provided for carbon capture and storage demonstration projects in (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13, (c)...

      Carbon Sequestration: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 6 December 2011, Official Report, column 211W, on carbon sequestration: finance, when the competition for the...

      Climate Change: International Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of the funding he announced for climate finance in Africa in his speech at the Grantham Institute on 24 November 2011...

      Climate Change: International Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if the funding he announced to finance climate change adaptation and mitigation in his speech at the Grantham Institute on 24 November...

      Climate Change: International Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he plans to take at the Durban conference on climate change to secure global commitment to the Cancun summit aim of...

      Food Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether food and catering services in (a) his Department and (b) public bodies for which he is responsible plan to implement calorie...

      Food Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps the food and catering services in (a) his Department and (b) public bodies for which he is responsible are taking to ensure...

      Departmental Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many flags his Department (a) owns and (b) maintains; and at what cost in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what social media presence his Department has.

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many unique hits his Department's website received in each of the last 12 months.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many staff of his Department are aged over (a) 55 and (b) 65 years.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many staff in his Department previously worked for a political party.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many people were working for his Department on (a) 11 May 2010 and (b) 8 December 2011.

      Departmental Official Hospitality

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many staff in his Department receive salaries over £65,000 per year.

      Press Releases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many press releases his Department has issued in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Responsibilities

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

      Policy Reviews

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what departmental policy reviews his Department has undertaken since 6 May 2010; and on what date each such review (a) was announced...

      Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his Department's policy is on mandatory drug testing of its employees.

      Drugs: Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many officials of his Department have been disciplined for drug offences in the last 12 months for which information is available.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has to encourage the uptake of smart meter time-of-use tariffs.

      Energy: Pensioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of pensioners who will receive the guaranteed £120 rebate on their energy bills under the...

      Energy: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will estimate the number of jobs that would be created in the energy efficiency sector if all prisons were upgraded to an Energy...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 22 June 2011, Official Report, column 338W, on energy: housing, for what reason the recommendations of his...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with the Green Deal Finance Company consortium on the potential for Green Deal-backed securities to...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for what reason he has set the period for the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation consultation at eight weeks.

      Nuclear Installations: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he has taken to implement European Council Directive 2009/71/Euratom of 25 June 2009 establishing a Community framework for...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the potential costs to (a) his Department and (b) the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority of information...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has to promote (a) anaerobic digestion and (b) small hydro developments in Wales.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with private sector firms on proposals to develop (a) tidal power, (b) shale gas and (c) nuclear power in Wales.

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the cost per tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions saved through the feed-in tariff system in 2010-11.

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what proportion of the spending envelope for the feed-in tariff for each year of the current spending review period is allocated...

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he plans to publish his Department's response to the comprehensive feed-in tariff review phase 1.

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of people employed by solar photovoltaic manufacturing companies based in the UK.

      Solar Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 21 November 2011, Official Report, column 44W, on solar power: feed-in tariffs, what the evidential basis is...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households and businesses in each region of the UK have installed solar panels utilising the Government-subsidised feed-in...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 22 November 2011, Official Report, columns 315-6W, on renewable energy: feed-in tariffs, if he will make it...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 25 November 2011, Official Report, column 616W, on feed-in tariffs, whether the second consultation on the...

      Taxation: Nuclear Power

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

      UK Global Threat Reduction Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much his Department has contributed to the UK Global Threat Reduction Programme in each of the last three financial years; on what...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of 16 to 24-year-olds likely to participate in the Youth Contract in (a) the East Midlands and (b)...

    • Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assets his Department owns in Birmingham; and what is the estimated value of each such asset.

      Design Services

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

      Departmental Information Communications

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost to the public purse was of Christmas bonus payments in each of the last five years; and what proportion was spent on...

      Departmental Pay

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

      Procurement

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

      Departmental Audit

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

      Departmental Audit

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

      Departmental Audit

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

      Employment and Support Allowance: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the projection made by the Office for Budget Responsibility that expenditure on employment and support allowance...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many individuals in Peterborough constituency currently in receipt of employment and support allowance in the Work Related Activity Group...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average duration of work experience placements has been since January 2011.

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he has taken to ensure Prime Contractors to the Work programme are using the Compact with the voluntary sector in their discussions...

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many young people in (a) the East Midlands and (b) Leicester City have participated in the work experience programme.

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many young people (a) were referred to and (b) took up work experience placements in each month since January 2011.

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many 16 to 24 year olds in (a) the East Midlands and (b) Leicester City have found sustainable employment following participation in the...

      Enterprise Allowance Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people registered as unemployed who are eligible for the enterprise allowance (a) in Merseyside and...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many social tenants he estimates will lose some housing benefit because they are under-occupying their home; and how many and what...

      Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of fathers aged (a) 16 to 24 and (b) 25 to 34 who will be affected by the extension of the shared accommodation...

      Housing Benefit: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for how many recipients of local housing allowance (LHA) in Wales the level of payment will change if (a) LHA rates are set at the 30th...

      Incapacity Benefit: Aberdeen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how the results of the incapacity benefit reassessment pilots in Aberdeen and Burnley informed the recalculation of the future costs of...

      Income Support: Mortgages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of expenditure on support for mortgage interest for people who receive employment and support allowance in the (a)...

      Jobseeker’s Allowance: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of introducing weekly signing for all 18 to 24-year-olds on jobseeker's allowance from...

      National Benefit Fraud Hotline

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many referrals through the National Benefit Fraud Hotline were made by hon. Members in each of the last five years; and how many...

      Older Workers: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect of the Youth Contract on older employees in (a) East Midlands and (b) Leicester City.

      Paye

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how his Department plans to participate in the April 2012 pilot of PAYE real time information; and if he will make a statement.

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the number of children who would be living in poverty (a) before and (b) after housing costs in each...

      Social Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria are used to prioritise who will receive payments from the Social Fund; how these criteria will be affected by implementation of...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received more than £10,000 in benefits in each parliamentary constituency in the most recent year for which figures are...

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the likely change in (a) benefits expenditure and (b) number of claimants for each benefit for which his...

      Social Security Benefits: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many non-UK citizens were in receipt of each type of welfare benefit in each of the last five years; (2) how many non-UK citizens...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to tackle benefit fraud in Peterborough constituency; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Security Benefits: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the off-flow rate has been of 16 to 24-year-olds from benefits into work since January 2011.

      Tax Credits: Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the changes to tax credits announced in the Autumn Statement on his Department's target...

      Unemployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect of the Office for Budget Responsibility's new unemployment forecasts on the ability of Work programme...

      Work Capability Assessment: Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to publish the reports by the Mental Health and Fluctuating Conditions groups on the work capability assessment; and when any...

      Young People: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has for the Youth Contract in the Peterborough constituency; and if he will make a statement.

      Young People: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of funding for the Youth Contract will be allocated to applicants living in Scotland; and what proportion of such funding he...

  • International Development

    • Departmental Audit

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development 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...

    • Parliamentary Written Questions

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

      Developing Countries: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what progress his Department has made in meeting the commitment to draw a maximum of 10 per cent. of funding for climate change finance...

      Developing Countries: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what (a) meetings, (b) discussions and (c) correspondence he has had with the (i) Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change,...

      Developing Countries: Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will consider the importance of population stabilisation for sustainable development in his preparations for the Rio+20 UN...

      Developing Countries: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he plans to attend the Sanitation and Water for All high-level meeting on 20 April 2012; and if he will make a statement.

      Developing Countries: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to monitor the use of funds provided by his Department to ensure that people have access to clean...

      Developing Countries: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will attend the high- level meeting of the Sanitation and Water for All Partnership in Washington on 20 April 2012; what steps...

      Kenya: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps the Government are taking to support the Government of Kenya in ensuring that additional camp sites within Kenya are...

      Kenya: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support the Government is providing to the Government of Kenya to ensure that it (a) restarts registration of those Somalis...

      Overseas Aid: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department has any programme to educate children on the contribution to overseas aid made by the UK.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many and what proportion of (a) hon. Members and (b) advisers included on the Government’s delegation to the Bonn...

    • Bangladesh: Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the treatment of Rohingyan refugees in Bangladesh; and if he will make a statement.

      Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on UK accession to the 2001 UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage; and if...

      Departmental Responsibilities

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

      Departmental Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what secondments there have been to his Department from (a) industry and (b) the third sector since May 2010; what the (i)...

      Parliamentary Written Questions

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

      Egypt: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on any cases of internal repression in Egypt; if he will impose an embargo on the export of...

      Falkland Islands: Sovereignty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has made representations to the Government of Argentina in response to its (a) recent reassertion of that country's...

      Fiji: Christianity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received of closures of Methodist churches in Fiji; and if he will raise the issue of religious...

      Iran: Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on shipments of arms and missiles by Iran to militant groups in Lebanon, Syria and the Gaza Strip.

      Occupied Territories: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Israeli Government about the expansion of Israeli settlements.

      Oil: Canada

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with his Canadian counterpart on the environmental consequences of developing the Alberta tar...

      Palestinians: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) his international counterparts and (b) representatives of international organisations about...

      Palestinians: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with (a) his international counterparts and (b) representatives of international organisations about...

      Sarath Fonseka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Government of Sri Lanka on the treatment of Sarath Fonseka.

      Shaker Aamer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the oral answer of 25 October 2011, Official Report, column 172, on Shaker Aamer, when his case was last raised at...

      Somalia: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the Government is taking to encourage parties in Somalia, including the Kenyan armed forces, to facilitate...

      South Africa: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the effect on the freedom of the media in the Republic of South Africa of the Protection...

      Sri Lanka: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the progress of reconciliation in Sri Lanka; and if he will make a statement.

      Sri Lanka: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of the progress of transitional justice in Sri Lanka since 2009.

      Sudan: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will review his Department's promotion of trade with Sudan in the light of human rights abuses in that country.

  • Home Department

    • Biometrics: Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when (a) she and (b) the Immigration Minister were first informed that their pilot programme was being used to stop biometric checks.

    • Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many dogs in England and Wales were placed on the register of exempt dogs under section 4(a) and (b) procedures under the Dangerous Dogs...

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been prosecuted under section (a) 1(3), (b) 3(1) and (c) 3(3) of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in each year since 2007.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK Border Force staff were working on (a) customs and (b) immigration checks at Heathrow in each week between 1 July and 1 November 2011.

      Deportation: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when her policy to remove foreign national prisoners on completion of their sentence was introduced.

      Fraud: Shares

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to ensure that the Serious Fraud Office pursues investigations into boiler room fraud.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will publish (a) the operational advice note and (b) details of the ministerial decision implementing the trial of risk-based...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) EU nationals and (b) non-EU nationals passed through border controls in the UK between 28 July and 4 November 2011.

  • House of Lords

    • Adventure Activities Licensing Authority

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what standards the Health and Safety Executive has established to ensure best value for money in relation to the Adventure Activity Licensing Authority contract.

    • Adventure Activities Licensing Authority

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans the Health and Safety Executive has to re-tender for the Adventure Activity Licensing Authority contract.

      Agriculture: Dairy Farms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 28 June (WA 411), whether they will in future record in every year the prices charged for milk in one and two pint...

      Alcohol

      To ask Her Majesty's Government by what amount, and within what period, they estimate that their current alcohol harm reduction strategy will reduce the cost to the National Health Service in...

      Arts: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions have taken place between Ministers in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and representatives of the Local Government Association to...

      Autumn Statement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they propose to launch reviews into possible leaks of the content of the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Autumn Statement.

      Autumn Statement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement in the Autumn Statement that regionally varied pay may be introduced for the public service, whether they have considered or will...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the implications for the future of Project Merlin of government interventions in the provision of credit and the guarantee of private sector risks.

      British Embassies: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of its (a) ambassadors, and (b) high commissioners are female.

      Broadcasting: Digital Radio

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of total radio broadcast listening is through digital radio; by how much that proportion has increased since the first quarter of 2010; and whether...

      Cyclists

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they consider that the current road traffic rules governing cyclists are adequate and are being applied in full; and, if not, what proposals they have to...

      Dominican Republic

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the comments made by the British Ambassador to the Dominican Republic reported in Caribbean Insight that: (1) "Many Dominicans complain...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 23 June 2010 (WA 182-3) and 28 November 2011 (HL13465), why the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 22 November (WA 222) and 30 November (WA 69), what steps were taken by persons responsible or nominal licensees for...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 5 December (WA 114-15), whether the proposed clinical trial at Moorfields Eye Hospital will also employ retinal...

      Employment: Agency Workers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 29 November (WA 42), whether they will ask HM ambassadors to European Union countries, after the...

      EU: Taxation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of any European Union financial transaction tax on the City of London; what plans they have to deal with any such...

      Finance: Creditworthiness

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what staff with expertise in making credit judgments are available to HM Treasury and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills to make credit judgments on...

      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 Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

      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 for...

      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 Home Office using...

      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 Wales Office using...

      Health Innovation Challenge Fund

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what resources the Department of Health will put into the Health Innovation Challenge Fund in 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15.

      Health: Lyme Disease

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Lyme Unit of the Health Protection Agency does not advise patients and their doctors of the advice of the manufacturers of test kits that indicates that a...

      Health: MRSA

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the progress towards eliminating methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections in hospitals.

      Health: Professional Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to amend the Department of Health's operational guidance to the NHS Extending Patient Choice of Provider to recognise the proposed...

      Health: Professional Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have plans to promote the proposed Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care Scheme for Assured Voluntary Regulators to employers...

      Health: Professional Standards

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will seek to ensure that the proposed Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care Scheme for Assured Voluntary Regulators is accepted...

      Holy See

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much the British embassy to the Holy See cost in 2010-11 per citizen of the Vatican City.

      Justice: Family Justice Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 25 November (WA 286) regarding the Family Justice Review, why they referred to the twitter feed...

      Justice: Family Justice Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether children affected by private law family cases were adequately consulted in person by the Family Justice Review; and to what extent the event held in...

      Justice: Family Justice Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the evidence gaps listed in Annexe E of the Family Justice Review.

      Justice: Sentencing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what information and evidence is available to demonstrate whether there is differential sentencing by the courts of white, black and Asian offenders for similar...

      Justice: Sentencing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are reviewing community sentences and restorative justice; and, if so, when they expect the review to be completed.

      Legislation

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

      Legislation

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

      Legislation

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

      Legislation

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

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which local enterprise partnerships have not appointed a permanent chair.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how decisions of local economic partnerships are made publicly available.

      Northern Cyprus

      To ask Her Majesty's Government on what grounds they continue to refuse to recognise the state of North Cyprus.

      Northern Ireland: Bill of Rights

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Garden of Frognal on 28 February (WA 263) concerning human rights, what are the "particular circumstances of Northern...

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has complied with its statutory duty to submit an equality scheme to the Equality Commission for Northern...

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 29 November (WA 43-4), whether they will re-institute the arrangement in relation to the Northern Ireland Human...

      Northern Ireland: Parades Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the Northern Ireland Executive about the future of the Parades Commission for Northern Ireland. To ask Her Majesty's...

      Olympic Games and Paralympic Games 2012

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games regarding whether the chief interpreter for the 2012...

      Passports

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 30 November (WA 78), why the embassy to the Holy See does not issue passports; and how many other British...

      Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement by Lord McNally on 21 November (Official Report, col. 823) regarding reform of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, whether those...

      Roads: A1

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made a recent estimate of the cost of achieving complete dualling of the Al between Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Berwick-upon-Tweed.

      Roads: Fatal Accidents

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish details of the number of deaths and serious injuries caused by drivers aged between 17 and 24 and by those aged over 70; and what was the...

      State Recognition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 23 November (WA 260) concerning United Kingdom recognition of the Vatican City, why the diplomatic...

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will assist, formally or informally, those drafting a new constitution for Turkey, drawing on the United Kingdom's experience of devolution and...

      Unemployment: Under-25s

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of currently unemployed young people (1) completed their compulsory school attendance to age 16, (2) failed or did not take (a) GCSEs or (b)...

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