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Written answers

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which airports are taking part in pilot testing of EU Regulation 185/2010.

    • Buses: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) on how many occasions the traffic commissioners have granted or renewed PCV licences to people who have subsequently been found not to have fully...

      Electric Vehicles

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

      Motor Vehicles: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions she has had with her European counterparts on vehicle emissions.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Food Labelling

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether the House of Commons catering service plans to implement calorie labelling...

    • Food Labelling

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, what steps the House of Commons catering service is taking to ensure the countries...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Business

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how small and medium-sized enterprises in Vale of Glamorgan constituency can bid for central Government ICT facilities management contracts.

    • Cabinet Sub-Committee on Infrastructure

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the membership is of the Cabinet Sub-Committee on Infrastructure.

      Departmental Secondment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) 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)...

      Private and Public Sector: Females

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate has been made of the proportion of people working in the (a) private sector and (b) public sector in Wales; and what proportion are female...

      Senior Civil Servants: Meetings

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what rules govern the (a) declaration and (b) recording of meetings held by senior civil servants.

      Social Exclusion

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment his Department has made of the role of the big society initiative in tackling social exclusion.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much funding has been earmarked for job retention in the Work Choice Programme.

    • Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people were (a) referred to Workstep for support in retaining their existing job in each year in which the scheme operated and (b)...

      Housing Benefit: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the answer of 8 December 2011, Official Report, column 396W, on housing benefit: females, how many lone parents receive local...

      Pensioners: Income

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate has been made of the number of pensioners whose incomes exceed the average income of an individual in employment.

      Council Tax Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average annual council tax benefit payment was for a (a) pensioner household and (b) household including at least one person of...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Assets: Birmingham

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

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will place in the Library a copy of each representation he has received from local authorities on the need for changes to...

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people in each local authority area are eligible for the single person's discount on council tax.

      Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the cost of establishing local schemes for distributing council tax benefit in each local authority...

      Council Tax Benefits: Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the level of expenditure on council tax benefit in each local authority in 2010-11; and how much...

      Food Labelling

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

      Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will consider amending the requirements for energy performance certificates to be made available when a residential...

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Great Yarmouth of 3 November 2011, Official Report, column 782W, on the...

      Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what account his Department took of population variations between local authority areas in determining allocation of the New...

      Housing: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for what reasons he (a) reduced the housing budget in 2010-11 and (b) increased the housing budget in 2011-12.

      Local Government: Land

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much (a) brownfield, (b) green-belt and (c) green-field land is owned by each local authority in England.

      New Deal for Communities Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what work has been carried out in each borough under the New Deal for Communities scheme; and what work carried out under the...

      Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the amount of business rates revenue which will be lost to each local authority as a result of...

      Planning Permission

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on minimum density requirements in planning policy.

      Planning Permission: Urban Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) for what reasons the inclusion of offices in the sequential town centre test contained in Planning Policy Statement 6 has...

  • Wales

    • Government: Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) on what date she last met the Secretary of State for Transport to discuss the implications for Wales of High Speed 2; (2) on what date she last had...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Afghanistan: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what recent discussions he has had with the Afghan Government on the involvement of women in the political processes at...

    • Departmental Audit

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

      Economic and Monetary Union

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for New Forest East of 29 November 2011, Official Report, column 863W, on Europe:...

      European Union: Treaties

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether any new European Treaty will be subject to a referendum.

      Japan: Whaling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many discussions he has had with the Japanese ambassador on Japan's annual whaling hunt.

      Libya: Arms Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will press the new Libyan authorities to ensure that the terms of the compensation package to be offered to victims of the...

      Saudi Arabia: Politics and Government

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the findings of the report by Amnesty International entitled Saudi Arabia: Repression in the name...

      Sergei Magnitsky

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has given any consideration to bringing forward proposals similar to the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability...

      Sergei Magnitsky

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking together with his EU counterparts in response to the death in custody of Sergei Magnitsky.

      Sergei Magnitsky

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps he has taken in respect of the death in custody of Sergei Magnitsky.

      Steria

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

      Turkey: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his contribution of 9 November 2011, Official Report, column 304, on the middle east and north Africa, what...

      Zimbabwe: Diamonds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his UN counterparts on the decision to lift the embargo on the sale of diamonds originating...

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to publish the response to her Department’s consultation entitled More effective responses to anti social behaviour.

    • Arrest Warrants

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people returned to the UK under the European Arrest Warrant returned to (a) face prosecution and (b) served an existing sentence in...

      Avon and Somerset Constabulary: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much core funding her Department allocated to Avon and Somerset police authority in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11 and (d)...

      Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many firms of loss adjusters have been employed by police forces to assess claims for compensation under the Riot (Damages) Act 1886...

      Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department spent on hospitality for events hosted by each Minister in her Department in each of the last 12 months.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she receives any external funding for (a) her ministerial office and (b) her advisers; and what the (i) source and (ii) amount is of...

      Domestic Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has for the classification and recording of convictions for offences against a partner as domestic violence offences.

      Domestic Violence: Homicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men and (b) women were killed by a current or former partner in each year since 2006.

      Habitual Residence Test

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the habitual residence test.

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the detention data in Immigration Statistics April to June 2011, table dt.07.q, for what reasons each of the 74...

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the UK Border Agency intends to resolve the case of Mr Garfield Rainford.

      Immigration: Port of Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people entering the UK through the Port of Hull were subject to full e-scan checks between July and November 2011.

      Rohypnol

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps she is taking to reduce the illegal use of Rohypnol; and what awareness campaigns she proposes to run; (2) what studies her...

      Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Bill

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to provide additional resources to the police as a result of implementation of the proposals in the Terrorism Prevention...

      UK Border Agency: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department at which points of entry the UK Border Force used Level 2 security checks under her pilot scheme of summer 2011 to screen (a) EEA and (b)...

  • Health

    • Ambulance Services: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which ambulance trusts have opted to use (a) Trauma Risk Management and (b) Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training; and if he will make a statement.

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the monetary value is of bonuses paid to staff in his Department for work on the national IT scheme in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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 of...

      Doctors

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he will take to reduce the time taken in allocating jobs to newly-qualified doctors.

      Hospital Beds

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of 30 November 2011, Official Report, columns 960-2W, on hospital beds, if he will assess the reasons for delayed hospital...

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he has taken to meet each of the six shared objectives contained in his Department's mental health outcomes strategy; (2) what meetings...

      Occupational Health: Research

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of levels of support for research into occupational health.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Departmental Secondment

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

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Departmental Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what secondments there have been to his Department from (a) industry and (b) the third sector since May 2010; what the (i)...

    • FIFA: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the findings of the International Olympic Committee investigation into corruption within FIFA;...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what representations he has received on the long-term benefits of the London 2012 Olympic games opening ceremony to the economy.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what information his Department holds which country the London 2012 Olympic flame burner will be manufactured in.

      Olympic Games 2012: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent assessment he has made of the legacy for Wales of the London 2012 Olympic games.

      S4C

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had on the availability of S4C to television viewers outside Wales.

  • Scotland

    • Big Society

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he is taking to promote the big society initiative in Scotland.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Agricultural Products

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to encourage UK businesses to buy agricultural products produced in the UK.

    • Agriculture: Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had on increasing the number of apprenticeships in the agricultural sector.

      Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency: South-west England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to address the concerns raised by the National Farmers Union on the effectiveness of the operation...

      Animal Welfare: Slaughterhouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the answer of 3 October 2011, Official Report, column 1404W, on slaughterhouses: CCTV, what specific steps she...

      Dairy Farming: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has received interim findings of the research which her Department commissioned the Scottish Agricultural College...

      Departmental Audit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many internal audits have taken place (a) in her Department and (b) in the non-departmental bodies for which her...

      Risk Assessment

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

      Dog Wardens

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many dog wardens were employed in each of the last five years.

      Fisheries: Accidents

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what information her Department holds on the number of serious accidents and fatalities reported in the commercial fishing...

      Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects the Pitt review working group to report on the potential of natural flood management.

      Food: Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to reduce levels of household food waste.

      Mining

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many mines were in use in England in 2010; and what minerals were quarried from each such mine.

      Sustainable Development Commission: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether the decision to withdraw funding to the Sustainable Development Commission was reported to the European Commission...

      Sustainable Development: EU Action

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress she has made in implementing the EU Sustainable Development Strategy.

      Timber: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has established a timetable for the passage of her proposed legislation to implement the provisions of the EU...

      Trees: Disease Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of evidence that trees damaged by grey squirrels are particularly prone to infection by...

  • Treasury

    • Freight: Tees Valley

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost to the public purse is of constructing and developing the Tees Multimodal Bio-Freight Terminal.

    • Income Tax: Leicester

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many residents in Leicester South constituency paid income tax at the 50 pence rate in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Revenue and Customs: Telephone Services

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Shipley of 6 July 2010, Official Report, column 513W, on Revenue and Customs: telephone numbers, what the...

      Working Tax Credit: Females

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of people who receive working tax credit in Wales; and what proportion of these are female.

  • Prime Minister

    • Ministers: Conduct

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he has considered bringing forward proposals to change the Ministerial Code in respect of the announcement of new Government policy.

  • Justice

    • Crimes of Violence: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what information his Department holds on the number of former armed service personnel who were convicted of violent offences in each year since 1997.

    • Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department records the names of private companies to which former senior managers in Pay Band D upwards in his Department have moved.

      Prisoners: Repatriation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether EU citizens serving custodial sentences in prisons in England and Wales before the commencement of the EU Prisoner Transfer Agreement will...

      Reoffenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the answer of 9 November 2011, Official Report, column 394W, on reoffenders, what plans he has to compare reoffending rates for offenders...

      Reoffenders: Alternatives to Prosecution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of offenders who have completed intensive alternative to custody pilots subsequently re-offended in the latest period for which figures...

  • Defence

    • Afghanistan: Peacekeeping Operations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions he has had with his counterpart in Uzbekistan on the withdrawal of UK military equipment from Afghanistan via rail; and if he will make...

    • Armoured Fighting Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) when he expects the first upgraded Warrior to be fully operational; (2) when he expects the Warrior upgrade to be completed.

      Defence: Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many sole-sourced procurement contracts have been awarded in the last 10 years; which companies were invited to tender; where those companies...

      Official Hospitality

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

      Risk Assessment

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

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what recent assessment he has made of the level of potential military threat to British sovereignty over the Falklands Islands; what military...

      Istar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what ISTAR will be created by his Department's Solomon programme; (2) what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the Solomon...

      Lynx Helicopters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Lynx light attack helicopters he plans to convert from the battlefield reconnaissance version; and what the conversion cost will be for each...

      RAF Wittering

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for the use of RAF Wittering; and if he will make a statement.

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) rotary and (b) fixed-wing assets are tasked to combat search and rescue.

      Rescue Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many and which types of (a) rotary wing and (b) fixed-wing aircraft were deployed in the search and rescue operation for the Swanland; and if...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Boilers: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households in (a) Carmarthenshire and (b) Pembrokeshire replaced a boiler under the boiler scrappage scheme.

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households in (a) England, (b) each local authority area and (c) each parliamentary constituency received assistance under the...

      Carbon Offset Credits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if the Government will take steps to prevent the double counting of carbon offset credits against both developed country targets and...

      Community Energy Saving Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households in (a) England, (b) each local authority area and (c) each parliamentary constituency received assistance under the...

      Departmental Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent steps his Department has taken to increase equality in his Department; and at what cost to the public purse.

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what steps the National Grid has taken to validate the meter readings provided by short-term operating reserve aggregators; (2)...

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the average price paid by the National Grid is for each megawatt of electricity it buys.

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what information he has received from the National Grid on the auditing criteria it applies to its contracts with short-term...

      Electricity: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the effect on the average household electricity bill by 2020 of his decision to switch the source of...

      Energy: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what inspection mechanisms he plans to put in place to ensure that private rented properties meet the minimum energy standards required...

      European Parliament Vote: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many staff in his Department were deployed on the inquiry into the outcome of the European Parliament vote of 5 July 2011 on carbon...

      Fuels: Poverty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households have been removed from fuel poverty (a) since the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target was introduced, (b) since the...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many staff in his Department are assigned to work on (a) the Green Deal, (b) the Eenergy company obligation, (c) international...

      Natural Gas: Exploration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) when he plans to publish his Department's geomechanical study into the relationship between shale gas drilling and the seismic...

      Natural Gas: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the effect on the average household gas bill by 2020 of his decision to switch the source of funding for...

      Nuclear Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what additional costs his Department will incur in implementing the recommendations in Dr Weightman's report on the implications for...

      Ofgem: Fines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many fines Ofgem has imposed in each of the last 10 years; and what the monetary value was of each fine.

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

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

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what representations he has received on his proposals to reduce the feed-in tariff applicable to new solar photovoltaic installations;...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with his French counterpart on the efficacy of limiting payment periods between companies to 60 days...

    • Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of recent trends in the average length of payment terms by suppliers to small and...

      Business Cash Flow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to improve cash flows for small and medium-sized enterprises.

      Business Cash Flow

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he plans to take to penalise institutions which do not meet their widening participation obligations as defined in...

      Court Orders: Kingston upon Hull

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many court orders have been obtained through the Kingston upon Hull Official Receiver's office for foreign nationals in each...

      Degrees

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with the Higher Education Funding Council for England on the future of degree-awarding powers.

      Risk Assessment

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

      Employment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether 18 to 24-year- old citizens of other EU member states will be eligible for the Youth Contract.

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether designated higher education course places will be included in the Higher Education Funding Council for England student...

      Higher Education: Dartford

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students from Dartford constituency were accepted on to courses at (a) Oxford university and (b) the University of...

      Higher Education: Greater Manchester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many students from Oldham East and Saddleworth constituency were accepted on to courses at (a) Oxford university and (b) the...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what recent assessment he has made of the levels of bankruptcy tourism in the UK; and what steps he is taking to support...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many insolvencies were identified for further investigation in Official Receivers' offices in each of the last five years.

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment he has made of trends in the number of (a) bankruptcy restriction orders and undertakings and (b)...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the answer of 24 October 2011, Official Report, columns 95-96W, on insolvency, how many staff at each grade will be...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department has recovered from payments made to the family and friends of a bankrupt who had a bankruptcy restriction...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many bankruptcy restriction (a) orders and (b) undertakings have been obtained against individuals who have repaid family and...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (a) how many and what grades of staff and (b) what other resources are required by the Insolvency Service to obtain a...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the average cost was of obtaining a disqualification (a) order and (b) undertaking for a period of disqualification of (i)...

      Insolvency: Northern Region

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the answer of 24 October 2011, Official Report, columns 95-96W, on insolvency, how many staff at each grade are...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will take steps to ascertain what has become of the letter from him to the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with...

      Productivity

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the most recent industrial and manufacturing production figures; and what assessment he has made...

      Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to assess the use of the National Scholarship Programme by institutions in 2012-13.

      Third Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, pursuant to the answer of 7 December 2011, Official Report, columns 330-1W, on third sector, (1) how much funding his...

      Universities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make it his policy to require universities to have in place a policy on academic conflicts of interest; and if he will...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Equality and Human Rights Commission

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities for what reason the need for political balance in respect of the composition of the Commissioners of the Equality and Human Rights Commission was not...

    • Fawcett Society: Finance

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities (1) what funding from the public purse has been allocated to the Fawcett Society in any future years for which figures are available; (2) what...

  • Education

    • Children: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) how many (a) deafblind and (b) multi-sensory impaired children with a statement have been provided with intervenor support in each of the last...

    • Early Intervention Grant

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what funding he is providing to local authorities through the early intervention grant in financial year 2012-13.

      Education: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to ensure future funding models do not disadvantage rural areas.

      Free Schools: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps he has taken to ensure that all free school employees have been CRB checked.

      General Teaching Council

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what assessment he has made of the (a) cost and (b) benefits of the abolition of the General Teaching Council; (2) how many staff will cease to...

      National Curriculum: Cybercrime

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if there are any plans to introduce the subject of cyber-security into the national curriculum.

      Pre-school Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what criteria his Department will use to determine eligibility for free nursery places for two-year-olds announced in the Autumn Statement; (2)...

      Primary Education: Bournemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of the shortage of primary school places in Bournemouth.

      Pupils: Per Capita Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will ensure that the funding per pupil in voluntary-aided schools is comparable to the funding per pupil in an academy school in the same local...

      Schools: Rural Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he has any plans to review the use of the Acorn funding formula for schools in rural areas; and if he will make a statement.

      Sixth Form Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what consideration is given to existing post-16 provision in areas where a free school seeks to provide sixth form education.

      Specialised Diplomas: Environment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education for what reason the Specialist Diploma in Environmental and Land-based Studies has been withdrawn.

      Teachers: Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment his Department has made of the pension entitlements of teachers in (a) the UK and (b) other OECD countries.

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will increase support for development programmes in Afghanistan that promote women's rights.

    • Conciliation Resources

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the effect on the work undertaken by Conciliation Resources in Abkhazia of Russia recognising Abkhazia...

      Conciliation Resources

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he has received reports that the work of Conciliation Resources is going beyond its remit in Abkhazia; and if he will withdraw...

      Conciliation Resources

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what measures his Department has in place to monitor the activities of Conciliation Resources in Abkhazia.

      Food Labelling

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

      Food Labelling

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

      Risk Assessment

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

      Parliamentary Written Questions

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

      Developing Countries: Water

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what programmes his Department supports to educate children in international crisis zones on the importance of clean water.

      Development Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what representations he has received on the Busan agreement on aid effectiveness.

      Kashmir: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what projects his Department sponsors in Kashmir; and how much it spent in Kashmir in the last 12 months.

      Sri Lanka: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with the International Committee of the Red Cross on the progress of reconstruction and resettlement...

      Sri Lanka: International Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the World Food Programme on the provision of emergency food assistance in...

      World Toilet Day

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he took to raise awareness of World Toilet Day 2011.

  • House of Lords

    • Agriculture: Eggs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 24 November (WA 271-4), whether they have the power to suspend imports of eggs and egg products from those...

    • Autumn Statement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the autumn Statement that a ceiling of £40 billion had been set as a major programme of...

      Autumn Statement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the autumn Statement that the Business Finance Partnership will launch in 2012 with a new bond...

      Banks: Lending

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills was speaking on behalf of the Government when he said on 8 December that "The Merlin Project...

      Court: Closures

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any magistrates' courts, Crown Courts or County Courts plan to have some or all of their courtrooms closed immediately preceding or during the 2012 Olympic...

      Credit Default Swaps

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they or the Financial Services Authority will review the governance of the Europe Credit Derivatives Determinations Committee of the International Swaps...

      Credit Default Swaps

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider treating credit default swaps as insurance contracts and establishing appropriate requirements for capital backing and enforceability.

      Education: Music

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what role sixth-form colleges and further education colleges play in the national plan for music education.

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the timetable for consultation on the future of the Human Tissue Authority and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority following the passing of...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what information Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority licensed centres hold regarding the provenance of donated gametes, in order to minimise risks of...

      Energy: Nuclear Waste

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the site at Longlands Farm, Copeland, Cumbria, has been listed as potentially geologically suitable for the deep disposal of nuclear waste; and what has...

      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 Attorney-General's...

      Government Departments: Procurement

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

      Government Departments: Procurement

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

      Government Departments: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government in which government departments the additional 310,000 increase in public sector job losses forecast by the Office for Budget Responsibility will fall.

      Health: Dentistry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many dental students in each dental school in the United Kingdom are currently in their final year of training and might expect to qualify in 2012.

      Health: Dentistry

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to select and appoint foundation dentist 1 trainers for next year; and how many training schemes and places are needed to accommodate newly...

      Health: Ophthalmology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what public funding is currently available for the development of exon skipping and other treatments for Duchenne muscular dystrophy; and what assessment they have...

      Horses

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they intend to take to ensure that all horses in the United Kingdom have up-to-date identification documentation.

      House of Commons: Members' Remuneration

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Strathclyde on 28 November (WA 23-4), how many Conservative Ministers there are in the House of Commons and how many of them...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many new houses they expect to be completed in each of the next three years on stalled sites with planning permission; and in which regions the majority of...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that social housing units are sold on a leasehold basis. To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the principal reasons for the...

      Independent Schools Inspectorate

      To ask Her Majesty's Government who owns the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI); who are its directors; and how often the ISI has to inspect schools and colleges which issue confirmations of...

      Justice: Criminal Cases Review Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many cases are awaiting consideration by the Criminal Cases Review Commission, and of these, how many relate to convictions under Section 32 of the Criminal...

      Money: Counterfeit Coins

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of the pound coins in circulation in the United Kingdom they estimate to be forged.

      Music: Youth Orchestras

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they have given to district, regional and national youth orchestras.

      National Loan Guarantee Scheme

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how long they expect the process will take of obtaining European Commission approval under state aid rules for the national loan guarantee scheme.

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the European Commission's proposals to bring pension fund investment rules into line with the Solvency II directive...

      Schools: Nutrition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they require academies and free schools to adhere to set nutritional standards; and, if not, why not.

      State Recognition

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what countries they recognise which are not members of the United Nations.

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