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Written answers

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

  • Wales

    • Business Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales on what date her Business Advisory Group last met; and who attended the meeting.

    • Departmental Travel Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many times (a) she, (b) Ministers and (c) officials in her Department have travelled first class on trains since May 2010.

      Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many times she has visited (a) Cardiff, (b) Swansea and (c) Wrexham since May 2010.

      Parliamentary Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales 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...

      Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the average cost per night has been of hotel rooms booked by her Department for official business since May 2010.

      Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much her Department has spent on hotel bills since May 2010.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Assisted Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the possible withdrawal of automatic assisted...

    • Ballymurphy: Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment he has made of progress on the investigation into the deaths which occurred in the Ballymurphy area of Belfast in 1971.

      Food Labelling

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

      Food Labelling

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

      Parliamentary Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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...

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the implications for Northern Ireland of the planned changes to the...

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 2 November 2011, Official Report, column 638W, on animal experiments: EU law, which groups will be asked for input...

    • Animal Experiments: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 2 November 2011, Official Report, column 638W, on animal experiments: EU Law, when draft legislation to transpose...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many of the asylum legacy cases resolved since May 2010 an individual was (a) granted asylum and (b) deported.

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum legacy cases are outstanding; and how many such cases have been concluded in the last 12 months.

      Bramshill Police College

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2011, Official Report, column 795W, on Bramshill police college, when she expects the review of the...

      Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance her Department has issued to police authorities on the Riot (Damages) Act 1886; and what (a) meetings have been held and (b)...

      Food Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether food and catering services in (a) her Department and (b) public bodies for which she is responsible plan to implement calorie...

      Food Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the food and catering services in (a) her Department and (b) public bodies for which she is responsible are taking to ensure the...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many posts have been lost in the UK Border Agency in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

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

      Departmental Responsibilities

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

      Departmental Risk Assessment

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

      Deportation: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many foreign nationals convicted in UK courts have contested deportation orders in each of the last five years; and how many such appeals...

      Drug Seizures

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much heroin and cocaine was seized by UK Border Agency staff in the airports included in her summer 2011 pilot on immigration entry...

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she has received from (a) the Metropolitan police and (b) any other external organisation on a review of her...

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to update the guidance to police on the definition of a gun crime; and whether she has asked her Department to investigate...

      Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has met ministerial colleagues to discuss the case for updating the definition of gun crime to include acts of criminal damage...

      Firearms: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many section five firearms licences are held by UK citizens.

      Illegal Immigrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to improve her Department's capacity to identify illegal immigrants and return them to their country of origin.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the detention data tables Immigration Statistics April-June 2011 table dt.07.q, what the total length of stay in the UK has...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether a report on the pilot scheme for border controls was sent to a Minister in her Department; (2) how the pilot scheme for border...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she has held discussions with the Children's Commissioner for Scotland on the border access checks pilots in summer 2011; and whether...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress the UK Border Agency has made in clearing the backlog of historic immigration cases over five years old.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people placed on a watchlist (a) entered and (b) were prevented from entering the UK between July and November 2011.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions level 2 border checks were used in the port of Hull between July and November 2011.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will publish all correspondence between her Department and (a) airport operators and (b) airline companies concerning border checks in...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what meetings she has had with Government agencies on the relaxation of border controls in the last 12 months.

      Immigration: Port of Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people entered the UK through the Port of Hull between July and November 2011.

      Metal Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964 in deterring metal theft.

      Police: Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether police and crime commissioners will be designated as scheduled bodies for the purposes of membership of the Local Government Pension...

      Police: Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she plans to take to consult police staff and their representative organisations on the transfer of police staff from police...

      Police: Firearms

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness and efficiency of the issuing of firearm licences to the public by police...

      Police: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) vexatious and (b) repeated requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 were received by each police force in (i) 2010 and...

      Police: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Cabinet Office guidelines on Staff Transfers in the Public Sector: Statement of Practice will apply to the transfer of police...

      Police: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether she proposes that HM Treasury's guidance entitled A Fair Deal for Staff Pensions will apply to the transfer of police staff...

      Police: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to publish her response to the consultation on the review of police leadership and training.

      Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of people who have applied and been refused the right to remain within the UK who have left the...

      Smuggling: Tobacco

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much illegal tobacco was seized in each of the last five years.

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) job title, (b) pay band and (c) period of training is for each member of staff of the UK Border Force who has any involvement in...

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK Border Agency staff were stationed in (a) Hull, (b) Grimsby and (c) Immingham in each year between 2000 and 2010.

      UK Border Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK Border Agency staff are stationed in (a) Hull, (b) Immingham and (c) Grimsby.

      Security Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will take steps to improve the operation of the criminal record status checks regime.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • British Waterways: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the average percentage change in basic salary was for (a) directors, (b) the lowest paid member of staff and (c) the...

    • Food Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department has taken on the labelling of cheese to inform people of the risks to health associated with...

      Food Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what advice her Department provides to the public on the consumption of unpasteurised cheeses.

      Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the economic benefits of the coastal path.

      Departmental Audit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria (a) her Department and (b) its public bodies use when deciding whether and when to hold an internal audit; and...

      Departmental Buildings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what (a) building and (b) refurbishment projects her Department plans in (i) 2011-12 and (ii) 2012-13; and what the cost of...

      Departmental Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which organisations that have received funding from her Department have brought legal proceedings against her Department in...

      Official Hospitality

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

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which services her Department has outsourced in each of the last five years.

      Internships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many unpaid and expenses-only internships there have been in (a) her Department and (b) public bodies for which she is...

      Parliamentary Written Questions

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

      Eggs: Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish any legal advice she received on the potential for the Government to implement a unilateral ban on the...

      Environmental Stewardship Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will consider awarding points under the Higher Level Stewardship Scheme for allowing permissive recreational access as...

      Flood Control: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what funding her Department has allocated to flood prevention in each of the last three financial years.

      Floods: North-east England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what flood and coastal environmental risk management schemes she plans for the north-east in the next 10 years.

      Land: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department plans to maintain national sustainable development indicator (a) 25 on land recycling and (b) 26 on...

      Waste Disposal: Lighting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consideration she has given to providing advice to consumers on dealing with broken energy-saving light bulbs; and if...

      Nature Conservation: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs which special areas of conservation are covered by the European Habitats Directive; and which special protection areas are...

      Nature Conservation: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will publish an environmental impact assessment of the proposal to review implementation of the European Habitats and...

      Nature Conservation: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason her Department plans to conduct a review of how well the EU Habitats and Wild Birds Directives are being...

      Noise: National Policy Statements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to update the Noise Policy Statement for England.

      Pollution: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) for what reason her Department plans to conduct a review of the implementation of the EU ambient air quality directive;...

      Postcodes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department uses postcodes for purposes other than the postage of mail.

      Rights of Way

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will take steps to improve the ease with which incorrectly identified rights of way can be corrected.

      Rural Areas: Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she plans to launch her proposed Rural Community Renewable Energy Fund.

      Waste Management: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many tonnes of waste were exported from the UK for treatment abroad in each of the last five years; and what proportion...

      Water Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the options for (a) water supply and (b) billing of those receiving water via resale; and if...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she plans to answer questions (a) 74350, (b) 74351, (c) 74352 and (d) 74353 tabled by the hon. Member for Banff and...

  • Scotland

    • Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions his Department has had with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on increasing the take-up of new high speed broadband in Scotland.

    • Food Labelling

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

      Departmental Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what secondments there have been to his Department from (a) industry and (b) the third sector since May 2010; what the (i) purpose and (ii) duration is...

      Parliamentary Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland 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...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland when he last had a discussion with the Scottish Government on the extension of the proposed High Speed 2 line to the Scottish border.

      Housing Benefit: Carers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has (a) held discussions and (b) corresponded with (i) the Scottish Government, (ii) the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and (iii)...

      Public Houses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions officials in his Department have had with their counterparts in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on their response to...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Responsibilities

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

  • Education

    • Capita

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

    • Child Protection Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what progress he has made on implementation of the recommendations of the Munro report into child protection.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will expand the destination codes in the SSDA903 return to identify when a child runs away from care or is abducted or trafficked.

      Children in Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he has taken to encourage local authorities to share good practice and reduce poor performance in providing services for looked-after children.

      Children in Care: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the appropriate level for the leaving care grant set by local authorities; and whether he is taking steps to ensure that...

      Children: Autism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many students with autism are enrolled in mainstream schools in (a) Greater London, (b) the London borough of Havering and (c) Romford; (2)...

      Children: Day Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will estimate the total funding from the public purse for child care (a) in total and (b) per capita for (i) Birmingham, (ii) Newcastle, (iii)...

      Departmental Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what advertising campaigns his Department has commissioned in each of the last three years; and what the cost was of each campaign.

      Departmental Civil Proceedings

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

      Departmental Communications

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

      Design Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what contracts his Department has awarded for design services since May 2010; and what information his Department holds on the location of such companies.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what procedures his Department has put in place to ensure value for money on purchases; and what savings have been realised through use of such...

      Procurement

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

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much funding his Department allocated to (a) the Institute of Physics, (b) the Life Science Centre, (c) Mathematics in Education and Industry, (d)...

      Departmental Travel Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how much his Department has spent on first class travel by (a) air, (b) boat and (c) train since May 2010.

      Parliamentary Written Questions

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

      Disadvantaged

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to support families adversely affected by the current economic climate.

      Drugs: Health Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of specific (a) school and (b) community-based drug education programmes; (2) what steps he is...

      Education: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to publish details of the allocation of the extra £500 million in basic need funding he announced in July 2011.

      GCSE: Religion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department has undertaken any research on the number of pupils choosing to take a GCSE in religious education following the decision not to...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to respond to the letter of 21 September 2011 from the hon. Member for South Northamptonshire.

      Mothers: Young People

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

      Music Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to the national music plan (1) how many hours of music tuition per term children in (a) Lambeth, (b) Liverpool and (c) Norwich receive...

      Music Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to the national music plan, how much funding has been allocated per child for music education in each local authority area in each of...

      Postcodes

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

      Primary Education: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he is taking to address the shortage of primary school places in Peterborough city council area; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) primary and (b) secondary schools of each (i) administrative type and (ii) religious designation in each area of the country he has...

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what long-term plans he has to promote a sustainable legacy for school sport post-2014; and if he will make a statement.

      Schools: Sports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what legacy he expects school sports to receive from the London 2012 Olympics; and if he will make a statement.

      Special Educational Needs: Stoke on Trent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessments Ofsted has carried out of the specialist education service for deaf children in Stoke-on-Trent.

      Special Educational Needs: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what support his Department provides for partially sighted and blind pupils in (a) primary and (b) secondary education.

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his Department’s estimate is of the total cost to the public purse of learners aged 19 years claiming Care to Learn at the start of their...

      Teach First

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of graduates from each Russell Group university applied to the Teach First programme in each year since the programme's creation.

      Teachers: E-mail Database

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how he obtained the private e-mail addresses of teachers who had not provided that information to his Department to e-mail them about changes to their...

      Teachers: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what is the greatest number of times a teacher trainee has had to re-sit the compulsory (a) literacy and (b) numeracy skills test required for...

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many letters he has received on funding for civil sector organisations within his Department's area of responsibility in (a) 2010-11 and (b)...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions his Department is having with the Government of Sudan on fulfilling its international and domestic legal...

    • Sudan: Armed Conflict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the prospects for continuing insecurity along the border between Sudan...

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the stability of the National Congress Party in Sudan of (a) recent...

      Sudan: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to further the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Sudan by (a) pursuing a political solution that involves...

      Syria: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support he plans to provide to the Arab League in its efforts to bring an end to repression in Syria.

  • Transport

    • Buses: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what plans she has to bring forward proposals to change the powers of the traffic commissioners to make checks on applicants for passenger...

    • Capita

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

      Departmental Audit

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

      Food Labelling

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

      Food Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the food and catering services in (a) her Department and (b) public bodies for which she is responsible are taking to ensure the countries...

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of employing civil servants to undertake procurement for her Department in (a) 2008-09, (b)...

      Departmental Publications

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

      Departmental Responsibilities

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

      Risk Assessment

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

      Departmental Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what secondments there have been to her Department from (a) industry and (b) the third sector since May 2010; what the (i) purpose and (ii) duration is...

      Parliamentary Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport 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...

      Electric Vehicles

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

      EU Fuel Quality Directive

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brighton, Pavilion of 28 November 2011, Official Report, column 649W, on EU fuel quality directive, what...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line: Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what her policy is on constructing a tunnel through the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty as part of her proposed High Speed 2 scheme.

      Metal Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she has had with Ministerial colleagues on reducing metal theft from (a) railways and (b) motorways.

      Motor Vehicles: Fuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department is taking to encourage increased fuel efficiency in new cars.

      Network Rail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to her Department's Structural Reform Monthly Implementation Plan, what progress she has made on developing and publishing a sustainable...

      Network Rail: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress Ministers in her Department have made on making Network Rail more accountable to its customers.

      Office of Rail Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to section 30 of the Coalition Agreement, what progress she has made in turning the Office of Rail Regulation into a powerful passenger...

      Railway Stations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many railway stations she and her predecessor visited on departmental business in the last 12 months.

      Railways: Buckinghamshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects work on the east-west rail link between Oxford and Milton Keynes to (a) begin and (b) be completed.

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the Chancellor of the Exchequer's statement that the Transpennine Express line will be electrified between Manchester and Leeds,...

      Railways: Fares

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to section 30 of the coalition agreement on rail pricing, what steps her Department has taken in respect of its commitment to fair...

      Railways: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will make it a condition of any new rail franchises that train operators must cooperate with mobile telephone operators to ensure improved...

      Railways: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will consider inserting clauses into rail franchise agreements requiring companies to communicate effectively with passengers during times of...

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the nature is of the activity to be carried out at coastguard coastal operations hubs; and how many new jobs she expects to be created at such hubs.

      Rescue Services: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what coastguard operation activities she expects to be continued by the Maritime Coastguard Agency at its Liverpool site.

      Rescue Services: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what changes there have been in staffing levels at each coastguard station in Wales since May 2010.

      Road Traffic: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to her Department's Structural Reform Monthly Implementation Plan, what progress has been made on providing powers for improved traffic...

      Roadworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to her Department's Structural Reform Monthly Implementation Plan, for what reason work on reforming management of roadworks to increase...

      Roadworks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to her Department's Structural Reform Monthly Implementation Plan, what progress she has made on reforming management of roadworks to...

      Swanland: North Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress the Marine Accident Investigation Branch has made on its investigation into the sinking of the Swanland near the North Wales coast; and...

      Thameslink Railway Signals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations her Department has received on signal failures on the Thameslink line north of London on 7, 11 and 23 November 2011.

      Transport: North-east England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans she has for future investment in transport infrastructure in the north-east including on the (a) A1, (b) A66, (c) A19 and (d) Tyne tunnel.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what information he has on the level of radioactivity of fly ash residue consequent upon burning wood in biomass power plants; what...

    • Departmental Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many staff in his Department are seconded from (a) private sector energy companies and (b) non-governmental organisations,...

      Departmental Secondment

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

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has made an assessment of the effect on the cost of gas and electricity for each income decile of applying the Energy...

      Fuel Poverty: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the level of fuel poverty in Birmingham.

      Fuel Poverty: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of people living in fuel poverty in Birmingham.

      Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many and what proportion of homes do not have access to the gas network in (a) Winchester constituency and (b) England.

      Natural Gas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) letters and (b) e-mails his Department has received on gas security in the last 12 months.

      Natural Gas: Exploration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) letters and (b) e-mails he has received on shale gas extraction in England in the last 12 months.

      Natural Gas: Exploration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what recent discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on shale gas and oil in Northern Ireland; (2) what recent...

      Natural Gas: Exploration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) letters, (b) e-mails and (c) telephone calls his Department has received on shale oil and gas in the last 12 months.

      Fuel Poverty: Older People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to ensure elderly and vulnerable people do not suffer ill health or die as a result of severe...

      Wind Power: Powys

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions his Department has had with (a) Powys county council and (b) the Welsh Assembly Government on planning applications...

  • Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many of the 140 responders to the Government's consultation on the reform of air passenger duty who commented on the banding structure supported...

    • Bank Levy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will assess the merits of re-introducing a bank payroll tax; and if he will make a statement.

      Building Societies Act 1986

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he has any plans to carry out a review of the Building Societies Act 1986; (2) whether he has any plans to bring forward proposals to...

      Business: Solar Power

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what support the Government offer to banks holding loans by companies engaged in the solar panel business not to foreclose on these businesses.

      Carbon Sequestration: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he had with (a) the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and (b) industry stakeholders on the reallocation of funding for...

      Carbon Sequestration: Finance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will provide support for the development of a commercial-scale carbon capture and storage project in each year to 2015.

      Cash Dispensing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has any plans to require banks to provide unrestricted cash machine use for basic bank account holders.

      Food Labelling

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

      Food Labelling

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps the food and catering services in (a) his Department and (b) public bodies for which he is responsible are taking to ensure the country of origin...

      Child Benefit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what support he plans to give to families who will be ineligible to receive child benefit following the introduction of his planned changes.

      Debit Cards and Credit Cards: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he plans to take following the Office of Fair Trading's recommendations on Which?'s super-complaint on retailers' surcharges for paying by credit...

      Departmental Communications

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) press officers, (b) internal communications officers, (c) external communications officers, (d) communications strategy officers and (e) other...

      Food Procurement

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 1 December 2011, Official Report, column 1022W, on food, when his Department's current catering contract comes up for renewal; and...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether any senior staff in (a) his Department and (b) its executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies are paid by means of payments to a limited...

      Parliamentary Written Questions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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...

      Excise Duties: Gaming Machines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the administrative burden on businesses in seaside towns of the introduction of machine games duty; (2) what...

      Excise Duties: Gaming Machines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent representations he has received on machine games duty.

      Gift Aid

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has any plans to provide further incentives for use of the gift aid scheme.

      Inflation: Families

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he plans to take to mitigate the effect on families of the current rate of inflation.

      Paye

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he will include small businesses in his pilot of real-time PAYE information.

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the effects of his changes to child and working tax credits, child benefit and access to child care on (a) farming and...

      Public Sector Debt

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his estimate is of the forecast trajectory of national debt in the final year of this Parliament.

      Railways

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what consideration he gave to the inclusion of a high-speed rail link between Gatwick and Heathrow airports in his National Infrastructure Plan.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent steps he has taken to encourage growth in the renewable energy sector.

      Renewable Energy: Feed-In Tariffs

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will have discussions with the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on increasing the feed-in tariff rate for micro-combined heat and...

      Tax Allowances: Individual Savings Accounts

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his most recent estimate is of the annual revenue cost of the tax reliefs available on individual savings accounts; and if he will make a statement.

      Taxation: Environment Protection

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to review the control framework for DECC levy-funded spending.

      Taxation: Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many types of tax exemption will be put in place for non-residents involved in the London 2012 Olympics; how many people will be afforded tax exemptions...

      Vat

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of the rise in VAT on consumer confidence.

      VAT: Business

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average length of time was for HM Revenue and Customs to reimburse VAT to small businesses between 1997 and 2011.

      VAT: Energy

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what recent estimate he has made of the increase in VAT receipts arising from the increase in energy bills.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Food Labelling

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

    • Food Labelling

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

      Departmental Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what public information advertising campaigns his Department ran in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2011-12 to date; and what the cost was of...

      Departmental Secondment

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

      Parliamentary Written Questions

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

      Employers' Liability: Personal Injury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of trends in the number of employer liability personal injury cases in the last five years.

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department spent on work experience placements in each month since January 2011.

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which firms in (a) the east midlands and (b) Leicester City are participating in his work experience programme.

      Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether it is the case that his Department confirms whether a Work programme participant is in work and that their prime provider is entitled...

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of young people participating in the work experience scheme moved from work experience placements into work in...

      Employment Schemes: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the off-flow rate has been of young people who (a) have and (b) have not undertaken work experience placements since January 2011 from...

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will carry out an impact assessment on the effect on (a) disabled people and their families and (b) local authorities of his decision to...

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which disability organisations he is consulting on his plans for the Independent Living Fund.

      Jobseeker's Allowance: Prisoners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what reports he has received of prisoners claiming jobseeker’s allowance while in custody.

      Paye

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how his Department will be involved in HM Revenue and Customs' pilot of real time PAYE information.

      Pensions: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of full-time female employees are members of a pension scheme.

      Remploy: Mental Health

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what minimum standards his Department has specified in relation to qualifications and experience of frontline advisers in his Department's...

      Sick Leave

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research his Department is undertaking into the causes of sickness absence from work.

      Social Security Benefits: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what expenditure his Department has incurred on (a) benefits, by benefit and (b) administration costs in Birmingham, for the latest financial...

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of levels of benefit fraud in Great Yarmouth constituency in each year since 2006.

      Social Security Benefits: Fraud

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many successful prosecutions for benefit fraud have been made in Great Yarmouth constituency in each year since 2006; and what sum was...

      Social Security Benefits: Medical Examinations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what research his Department has undertaken together with GPs to evaluate the effectiveness of fit notes; what the findings of such research...

      Social Security Benefits: Students

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what benefits are available to students with a long-term illness or disability (a) in full-time, (b) in part-time education and (c) who...

      Statistics Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library a copy of each item of correspondence between his Department and the UK Statistics Authority between May 2010...

      Statutory Sick Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of fit notes in assisting people to make a phased return to work.

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to discuss with representatives of Bacs Payment Schemes Ltd mechanisms whereby rent payments in the universal credit could be...

      Vocational Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the likely take-up by businesses of the job subsidies announced in the autumn statement.

      Welfare Reform Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to his contribution of 15 June 2011, Official Report, column 879, on the Welfare Reform Bill, if he will reject Professor...

      Welfare Reform Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether it is his policy that following enactment of the Welfare Reform Bill, people over the age of 65 currently receiving disability living...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has made an estimate of the cost of means-testing winter fuel allowance payments.

  • Attorney-General

    • Serious Fraud Office

      To ask the Attorney-General how many cases were investigated by the Serious Fraud Office in 2010-11; how many resulted in charges being brought; and how many cases in which charges were brought...

  • Justice

    • Court Proceedings: Broadcasting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to permit the broadcasting of court proceedings.

    • Law Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what future support he plans to provide to law centres.

      County Courts

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

      County Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) when he expects to publish his Department’s response to its consultation on solving disputes in the county courts; (2) what the reasons are...

      County Courts

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

      Legal Opinion: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many times his Department has instructed 1 Brick Court in each year between 2006 and 2011; and how much his Department paid to 1 Brick Court on each...

      Crime Prevention: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost to his Department was of providing behaviour-related courses for offenders convicted of (a) violent crimes and (b) sexual offences in each...

      Crimes of Violence: Sexual Offences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many defendants charged with (a) violent and (b) sexual offences have committed offences or been charged with committing further offences while on...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much (a) his Department and (b) the National Offender Management Service spent on external consultants in each of the last three years.

      Departmental Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the permanent secretary at his Department has met representatives of (a) Amey, (b) CCA, (c) G4S, (d) GEO, (e) Interserve, (f) MITIE, (g) MTC, (h)...

      Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were sentenced to supervision by the courts in England and Wales with a condition of being electronically tagged, in each year since 2000.

      European Court of Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases against the UK were pending in the European Court of Human Rights on the most recent date for which information is available.

      Formal Punishment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) male and (b) female prisoners were subject to formal punishment after adjudication in each prison in (i) 2009 and (ii) 2010.

      HM Prison Ranby

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff at HM Prison Ranby have lodged a grievance in the last two years.

      HM Prison Ranby

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many allegations of staff at HM Prison Ranby bringing in (a) drugs and (b) mobile telephones have been made in the last 12 months.

      Judges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the total cost was of salaries for judges employed by the Tribunal Service to hear appeals to decisions made under the work capability...

      Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department has commissioned external legal advice on which areas of legal aid could be taken out of the legal aid system without violating...

      Legal Opinion: Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which chambers his Department has instructed to give advice on matters relating to provisions in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders...

      Magistrates Courts: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2011, Official Report, column 28W, on Magistrates Courts: Wales; which magistrates courts premises in Wales will be...

      Offenders: Community Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2011, Official Report, columns 27-29W, on offenders: community care, what the subsequent offences are for which...

      Offenders: Community Care

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2011, Official Report, columns 27-29W, on offenders: community care, how many requests were made to him to release...

      Offenders: Convictions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were convicted of each offence listed in Schedule 16 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill who had previously...

      Personal Injury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reason the round table consultation meeting on personal injury matters scheduled for 1 November 2011 was postponed; and on what date it will now...

      Police Cautions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many conditional cautions were issued by police authorities in each of the last five years; and for which categories of offence.

      Police Cautions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent discussions he has had with the magistrates' service about the use of conditional cautions.

      Prisoners’ Release: Lie Detectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 1 December 2011, Official Report, column 1043W, on prisoners' release: lie detectors, for what reason some sex offenders did...

      Prisoners’ Release: Lie Detectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 1 December 2011, Official Report, column 1043W, on prisoners' release: lie detectors, if he will estimate the (a) total cost to...

      Prisoners’ Release: Lie Detectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 1 December 2011, Official Report, column 1043W, on prisoners' release: lie detectors, whether any offenders taking part in the...

      Prisoners’ Release: Lie Detectors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 1 December 2011, Official Report, column 1043W, on prisoners’ release: lie detectors, how many offenders who took part in...

      Prisons: Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the cost of heating and lighting was for the prison estate in the last year for which figures are available.

      Prisons: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the level of staff turnover was by grade at HM Prison (a) Acklington, (b) Castington, (c) Coldingley, (d) Durham, (e) Hatfield, (f) Lindholme, (g)...

      Public Protection Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people subject to multi-agency public protection arrangements have committed each type of offence.

      Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to bring forward proposals to amend the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

      Reoffenders: Alternatives to Prosecution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 1 December 2011, Official Report, column 1045W, on reoffenders: alternatives to prosecution, (1) how many offenders with 15...

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to increase the effectiveness of community sentences.

      Sentencing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people are serving a life sentence; for what crimes they were convicted; and how many have already served their tariff.

      Sexual Offences: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many sex offenders have undertaken courses whilst (a) in custody and (b) in the community for the purposes of preventing them from re-offending.

      Sexual Offences: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders subject to sexual offences prevention orders have subsequently (a) reoffended and (b) committed further sexual offences in each of the...

      Tribunals Service: Work Capability Assessment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether any part of the Tribunals Service is planning to operate a six-day week to hear appeals against work capability assessment decisions; and which...

      Young Offenders: Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will take steps to encourage courts to ensure juvenile offenders subject to curfew are also tagged electronically.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether (a) he and (b) officials in his Department have met members of the American Legislative Exchange Council to discuss voter registration since May 2010.

  • Health

    • Food Labelling

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

    • Food Labelling

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

      Departmental Visits Abroad

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what overseas visits (a) he and (b) each Minister in his Department has undertaken since 1 October 2011; and what the (i) purpose and (ii) date of each...

      Parliamentary Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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...

      E. Coli

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps the Government have taken to tackle outbreaks of E. coli 0157 which have taken place in the last 12 months; (2) what steps the...

      E. Coli

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he was informed of the outbreak of E. coli 0157 which took place in December 2010; (2) on what date the Health Protection Agency informed him...

      E. Coli

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Health Protection Agency or the Food Standards Agency was designated by his Department as the lead agency in responding to the outbreak of E....

      Food Standards Agency: Publicity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was of each public awareness campaign undertaken by the Food Standards Agency in the last 12 months.

      Food: Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what additional assessment for radioactive contamination the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has carried out on foodstuffs imported from Japan since the...

      Gangs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department plans to spend on work relating to the recent cross-Government report on ending gang and youth violence.

      Medical Records: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions he has had with Ministers in the Welsh Government on proposals for the use of Welsh resident patient data held by the Medicines and...

      NHS: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to prevent public money being spent on (a) legal fees incurred in the pursuit of whistleblowers in the NHS and (b) independent...

      Pregnant Women: Grants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he took to maintain the Health in Pregnancy and Sure Start Maternity Grant.

      Prescription Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will assess the merits of requiring the manufacturing of blister packs of prescriptions in quantities of seven tablets rather than 10 in order...

      Social Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent meetings Ministers in his Department have had with representatives of the Care and Support Alliance; whether he plans to bring forward...

      Social Services: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to ensure that social workers registering or renewing their membership of the General Social Care Council before July 2012 will...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Affordable Housing: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what powers have been given to local authorities to provide affordable housing to serving or former service personnel since May 2010.

    • Affordable Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what proportion of the receipts from the sale of local authority-owned homes will go to local authorities for the construction...

      Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the potential effect on council tax collection rates of (a) the localisation of council tax...

      Procurement

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

      Risk Assessment

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

      Departmental Secondment

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

      Discretionary Payment Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many appeals pursuant to section 45 of the Local Government (Discretionary Payment) Regulations 1996 he and his predecessors...

      Fire Service College

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what progress has been made on consideration of the future of the Fire Service College in Moreton-in-Marsh.

      Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which fire brigades have opted to use (a) trauma risk management and (b) applied suicide intervention skills training; and if he...

      Housing: Construction

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions he has had with representatives of the house building industry on the introduction of a voluntary agreement to...

      Housing: Merseyside

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent progress the Homes and Communities Agency's Local Stewardship Committee has made in Merseyside.

      Housing: North-east England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the level of home completions needed to meet demand for housing in the north-east over the next...

      Land Use: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans he has for the future of the National Land Use Database; and if he will make a statement.

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he has taken to improve employees' confidence in the Local Government Pension Scheme.

      Local Government: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether an economic impact assessment has been carried out on the effect of the proposed changes to the local government pension...

      Local Government: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will treat as a priority any application from Peterborough city council to join the Capital Asset Pathfinders scheme; and...

      Non-domestic Rates: Tax Allowances

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether businesses that will not be eligible for business rate discounts will be able to vote in ballots to determine...

      Planning Permission: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how he proposes that the National Planning Policy Framework will deliver a low carbon transport infrastructure.

      Public Expenditure: Birmingham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much funding his Department has allocated to Birmingham City Council in (a) ring-fenced and (b) non-ring fenced funding...

      Troubled Families Unit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what progress he has made in establishing the Troubled Families Unit; (2) what estimate he has made of the budget for the...

      Wildlife: Planning

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to provide specific protection for (a) local wildlife sites and (b) nature improvement areas in the National...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Civil Servants: Location

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what progress he has made on identifying alternative sites for the relocation of civil service jobs from Greater London; and if he will make a...

    • Food Labelling

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (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 Pay

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the (a) salary and (b) other costs associated with (i) the post of Cabinet Secretary, Head of Civil Service and Permanent Secretary, Cabinet...

      Government Departments: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what progress he has made in holding Government Departments to account for their commitment to sustainable development through the quarterly business...

      National Citizen Service

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Office and (c) senior officials met the Prince's Trust to discuss its withdrawal from the National Citizen Service;...

      Public Sector: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether trade union representatives have requested the Government to postpone deductions in pay from public sector workers who went on strike on 30 November.

      Voluntary Organisations

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether the Ministerial Group on the Big Society has considered the compact on working with the voluntary sector; and if he will make a statement.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Cluster Munitions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make it his policy to prohibit any company that produces cluster munitions and or components for cluster munitions...

    • Food Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether food and catering services in (a) his Department and (b) public bodies for which he is responsible plan to implement...

      Food Labelling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps the food and catering services in (a) his Department and (b) public bodies for which he is responsible are taking to...

      Departmental Secondment

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

      Education: Visual Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what support his Department provides for partially sighted and blind pupils in (a) further and (b) higher education.

      Empty Property: Kingston upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department holds the (a) leasehold and (b) freehold of any (i) empty or (ii) partially empty property in Kingston...

      English for Speakers of other Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the statement of 18 July 2011, Official Report, columns 59-60WS, on English for speakers of other languages, what...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what impact assessment he has carried out in respect of the effect on the social diversity of the student body at English...

      Higher Education: Office of the Independent Adjudicator

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what systems are in place to monitor the work of the office of the adjudicator for higher education; and if he will make a statement.

      Public Sector: Trade Unions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 6 December 2011, Official Report, column 272W, on public sector: trade union officials, if he will...

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills for what reasons his Department decided to hold two bidding rounds for the Regional Growth Fund in 2011.

      Students: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made on the effects of the core and margin model on higher education institutions charging between...

      Students: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of the National Scholarship Programme funding he expects to be spent on (a) fee waivers, (b) subsidised...

      Third Sector: Finance

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

      Third Sector: Finance

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

      Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which organisations have made written representations to his Department on the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of...

      Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the operation of Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations...

  • Defence

    • Armed Forces: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what guidelines there are on the quality and quantity of food supplied to service personnel; what changes have been made to them since May 2010;...

    • Armed Forces: Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the projected expenditure is on food for service personnel based (a) in the UK and (b) overseas in each year between 2010 and 2015; (2) how...

      Food Labelling

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

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department plans to spend on management consultants in the current financial year.

      Procurement

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

      Parliamentary Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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...

      Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many times each Minister in his Department has met the Royal British Legion to discuss armed forces veterans since 11 May 2011.

      GPT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what dates officials of Ministers of his Department have met representatives of GPT to discuss allegations of bribery by that company.

      Harrier Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date the Harrier fleet is due to be transferred to the US; and on what date he plans to reconstitute sea-deployable fixed-wing air power at short...

      HMS Astute

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he plans that HMS Astute will be fully operational.

      Littoral Warfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the availability is of UK amphibious forces for long-range deployment; and if he will make a statement.

      Navy: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many naval personnel he plans will be trained using the Maritime Composite Training System in each of the next five years

      Nimrod Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to publish the costs associated with the cancellation of the Nimrod MR4A aircraft.

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effect of the withdrawal from service of the Sea King Search and Rescue helicopters on the ability to maintain combat...

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with the (a) Maritime Coastguard Agency and (b) Secretary of State for Transport on the provision of night vision goggles to...

      Somalia: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will take steps to promote greater international military co-operation on pre-emptive action to prevent piracy off the coast of Somalia.

      Salvage Licences

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what wrecks of Crown owned vessels and aircraft have been sold for salvage.

  • House of Lords

    • Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what will be the effect of Pakistan closing its border to the passage of fuel and supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan; what reasons have been given by Russia...

    • Afghanistan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what positive results they expect to come from the international conference on Afghanistan to be held in Bonn on 5 December.

      Autumn Statement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the contingency planning to deal with all potential outcomes of the Eurozone crisis referred to in the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Autumn...

      Autumn Statement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Autumn Statement that an increase in the ceiling on asset purchases by the Bank of England...

      Aviation: Health and Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 5 December (WA 106), how many breaches of health and safety legislation by airlines have been identified; and how...

      Aviation: Health and Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 5 December (WA 106), whether they will name the carriers against whom enforcement action has been taken.

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will publish a progress report on the review into the scope for operational savings in private finance initiative projects, launched by Lord Sassoon...

      Banking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to introduce a framework of financial support to be activated in the event of the financial collapse of a central counterparty and trade repository.

      Banking: Bonuses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 25 November (WA 201), what standard they will apply in ensuring that Royal Bank of Scotland is "paying no more in...

      Banking: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many money mules have been successfully prosecuted for involvement in online and phone banking fraud.

      Banking: Lending

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to investigate reports from the Federation of Small Businesses that United Kingdom banks are requiring customers to move bank loans from an...

      Banking: Lending

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Bank of England will monitor banks' compliance with the terms of the facilities covered by the National Loan Guarantee Scheme; and whether this...

      Banking: Levy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the implementation of the Independent Commission on Banking proposals to enhance the safety of United Kingdom retail and commercial banking will obviate...

      Benefits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether all relevant government departments were consulted about the decision to increase welfare benefits by 5.2 per cent at a time when wages and salaries are...

      China and Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many journalists they estimate are imprisoned for reasons connected to journalism in (1) China, and (2) Turkey.

      Climate Change

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Marland on 13 December 2010 (WA 110) and on 16 February 2011 (WA 164-5) on the cost of sending the United Kingdom...

      Crime: Metal Theft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 21 November (WA 184), where and in what format the information on prosecutions for metal theft is held.

      Currencies

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made any assessment of the number of countries which have changed their currencies since 1945; and, if so, what the average cost has been to...

      Cycling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether the regulations governing the use of bicycles on public roads requires updating; whether they propose to make such...

      Cyclists: Helmets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 1 December (WA 90) concerning the wearing of helmets by cyclists, why, given that helmets can reduce the chances...

      Economy: Growth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether building and renovating social housing will generate more employment than equivalent spending on road and rail infrastructure.

      Economy: National Debt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the interest rate paid on the national debt before and after the Budget in March 2010; and what is the current rate.

      Education: Examinations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they prompted the change of policy at the Joint Council for Qualifications regarding extra time allowable in exams for those with dyslexia and other...

      Education: Get Set Programme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what evaluation they have made, or will be making, of the effectiveness of the Get Set programme in encouraging the teaching and learning of modern languages in...

      Energy: Biofuels

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when a decision will be taken as to whether bioliquids will be included in the domestic sector renewable heat incentive regime.

      Energy: Green Growth

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Pew Environment Group's conclusion that the United Kingdom has fallen from third to 13th in the world in terms of investment...

      Energy: Maritime Wind Farms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the service life-expectancy in years of the under-sea electric cables used to transmit into the National Grid the electricity generated from maritime wind...

      Energy: Maritime Wind Farms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the service life-expectancy in years of the pillars which are sunk into the seabed and on which wind turbine towers and generators are mounted in maritime...

      Energy: Tar Sands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with (1) Canadian officials, and (2) European Commission officials, regarding the extraction of fuel from tar sands.

      Finance: Client Assets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider launching a review of the regulation, processes and protection available in respect of client assets held by financial advisers and...

      Finance: Credit Easing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 17 October (WA 11), how the policy of credit easing to be followed by HM Treasury will be co-ordinated with the...

      Finance: Credit Easing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how credit easing will be recorded on the Government's balance sheet; what assessment has been made of any likely losses; and what was the basis on which this...

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 14 November (WA 106), when the Financial Services Authority will answer the questions.

      FTSE: Female Directors

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will now provide the corrected version of the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 25 October (WA 129) regarding female directors of FTSE companies.

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the involvement in the extraction of gas from disputed reserves off the coast of Gaza of (1) United Kingdom companies, and (2) the United Kingdom...

      Government Departments: Procurement

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

      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 Work...

      Health and Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the concerns expressed in the 2011 annual report of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, and information that the...

      Health: Clinical Trials

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps are being taken to remove any barriers to the setting up of clinical trials of investigational medicinal products (CTIMPS) caused by the Medicines and...

      Higher Education: Mathematical Sciences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what information they have on how many people in the United Kingdom have a degree in (1) mathematics, (2) computer science, and (3) physics; and what information...

      Higher Education: Mathematical Sciences

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people in the United Kingdom are studying degree-level (1) mathematics, (2) computer science, and (3) physics; and in each case what proportion this...

      Higher Education: Tuition Fees

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the rules for English universities concerning which European Union (EU) nationals are not required to pay fees; how such nationalities are defined;...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the homes to be provided under the recently announced Affordable Homes Programme they estimate will be built by local authorities.

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will continue to permit local authorities to require the provision of affordable homes, including homes to rent, under agreements under Section 106 of...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of homes in social housing that become available for re-letting each year.

      Legislation

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

      National Citizen Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what selection criteria will be applied in the recruitment of 16 year-olds to fill the 30,000 places that will be available in the National Citizen Service in 2012.

      Office of Budget Responsibility

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Chancellor of the Exchequer will supply in advance to the Office for Budget Responsibility the details of his proposals for the Budget, as he has done...

      Office of the Chief Coroner

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of their recent decision to retain the post of Chief Coroner, what arrangements they will make to establish a departmental board and an independent...

      Olympic Games and Paralympic Games 2012

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they have to recruit professional interpreters and translators for the 2012 Olympic Games.

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what will be the annual saving to the Exchequer of uprating the basic and additional state pensions for 2012-13 by the Consumer Prices Index rather than the Retail...

      Police: Racial Equality

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 22 November (WA 231), what information is held by the Home Office to assess the race equality efficacy and impact...

      Railways: Electrification

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated cost of electrifying the railway route from Leeds to York; and when they are considering undertaking this work.

      Railways: Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 25 November (WA 287-8), what measures they will put in place to allow train operators to purchase locomotives or...

      Railways: High Speed 2

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what levels of freight traffic High Speed Two Ltd has used in assessing the capacity of the West Coast Main Line north of Litchfield after the first section of the...

      Railways: Platforms

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the required standard heights above rail for railway platforms in stations serving (1) national rail services, (2) Eurostar trains, (3) dedicated high...

      Republic of Ireland: Financial Support

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Government of Ireland has requested a further renegotiation of the terms of the loan extended by HM Treasury to Ireland, and if so, when that loan...

      Republic of Ireland: Financial Support

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what contact they have had with the Government of the Republic of Ireland during the past six months concerning the loans they have provided to that country; what...

      Retail: Mary Portas Review

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the outcome of Ms Mary Portas' review into the future of the United Kingdom high street, which was due to be published in autumn 2011.

      Roads: Potholes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much of the £200 million pothole repair fund was allocated to each highway authority in metropolitan boroughs; and how much of this each highway authority...

      Schools: Breakfast Clubs and Lunches

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what research has taken place into the impact of (1) breakfast clubs, and (2) school lunches, on the ability of pupils to concentrate and learn.

      Schools: National Curriculum

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the outcome of the review of the national curriculum will be published.

      Somalia

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had or intend to have with Somaliland stakeholders on the expenditure of forty per cent of the £250 million of aid provided by the...

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Government of Sudan concerning reports of the arrest and treatment of civilians from Blue Nile State, including the...

      Taxation: Medical Insurance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, following proposals made by the Independent Review of Sickness Absence, they will reintroduce tax relief on private medical insurance and private medical...

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of human rights in Turkey; and whether they had improved or deteriorated since the previous assessment.

      Turkey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made representations to Turkey concerning the number of students currently imprisoned there.

      UK Border Agency: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many members of the staff of the UK Border Agency and its predecessor bodies have been convicted of criminal offences in connection with their official...

      UK Border Agency: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements are in place for internal and external checks on the integrity and honesty of the staff of the UK Border Agency.

      Water Management: Overseas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are making use of the media to inform the public about their support for international water programmes; and whether they have made representations to...

      Young Offenders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many offenders aged 18-20 from the London Borough of Wandsworth were held in (1) young offender institutions, (2) local prisons, and (3) other parts of the...

      Young Offenders

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many juvenile offenders from the London Borough of Wandsworth were held in (1) secure children's homes, (2) secure training centres, and (3) young offender...

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