Written answers

Thursday, 15 December 2011

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Live Music Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to support the live music industry.

    • Secondary Ticketing Market

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what recent representations he has received on the regulation of the secondary ticketing market.

      Broadband: Mobile Phones

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when he expects to meet his target to extend (a) mobile telephone coverage to 99 per cent. of the population and (b) superfast...

      Local Broadcasting: Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport when he next expects to make an announcement on provision of local television in Wales.

      Olympic Games 2012: National Lottery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the extra lottery funding that will become available for good causes after the London 2012...

      Olympic Games 2012: Plastic Bags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport whether the organisers of the London 2012 Olympics have any plans to discourage usage of plastic carrier bags at the Games.

      Sports: Facilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to prevent the closure of community sports facilities as a result of reductions in local...

      Television Licenses (Northern Ireland)

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will consider offering two licences in Northern Ireland at the initial stage as part of his plans for local television.

  • Health

    • Heart Diseases: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions he has had with healthcare commissioners on the potential inclusion of pulse checks in NHS health checks for the purposes of...

    • HIV Infection: Screening

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) with reference to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guideline on increasing the uptake of HIV testing to reduce undiagnosed...

      Mental Health Services: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has any plans to extend the service provided by the 24-hour Combat Stress Support Helpline.

      Mental Health Services: Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) veterans and (b) veterans' families have accessed the 24-hour Combat Stress Support Helpline since it came into operation.

      NHS Trusts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what process (a) local authorities and (b) hon. Members can seek to initiate a reconfiguration of NHS trusts; and if he will make a statement.

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had with the Computer Sciences Corporation on extending its contract.

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of users of adult social care services are not self-funding in each local authority area.

      Telehealth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the likely take-up of telehealth schemes; (2) what discussions he has had with private companies on funding of...

  • Leader of the House

    • Policy Announcements

      To ask the Leader of the House what steps he is taking in respect of the announcement of major policy initiatives by Ministers.

    • Private Members' Bills

      To ask the Leader of the House if he will bring forward proposals for a supplementary ballot for additional private Members' Bills in any future parliamentary Session which lasts for longer than...

      Queen's Speech

      To ask the Leader of the House on what date the Queen's Speech will be held in the next Session of Parliament.

      Times of Sitting

      To ask the Leader of the House what recent assessment he has made of the House's sitting hours.

  • Wales

    • Food Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how much her Department spent on food purchased through its food and catering services in the last 12 month period for which information is available.

    • Driving Under Influence: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions her Department has had with the (a) Welsh Government and (b) Driving Standards Agency on (i) the provision of drink drive rehabilitation...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what expenditure his Department has incurred in (a) Birmingham, (b) Newcastle, (c) Wakefield, (d) Manchester, (e) Leeds, (f) Liverpool, (g)...

    • Employment and Support Allowance: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many appeals have been made by employment and support allowance recipients receiving residential treatment for drug or alcohol misuse who...

      Employment and Support Allowance: Public Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of reassessing those on contributory employment and support allowance in the...

      Employment: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the Youth Contract on the level of employment.

      Independent Living Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to make an announcement on the arrangements for the consultation for changes to the Independent Living Fund.

      London Underground: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many underground inspections were undertaken by Health and Safety Executive personnel at each active mine in England in 2010.

      Social Security Benefits: Bexley

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent estimate he has made of the number of people in the London borough of Bexley in receipt of out-of-work benefits as a result of (a)...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how the effectiveness of the Work programme will be measured; and if he will make a statement.

      Work Programme: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people over the age of 50 years have found paid employment as a result of the Work programme.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Construction: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the cost to the public purse was of use of the Official Journal of the European Union public procurement tendering process for UK construction...

    • Employment: Financial Services

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people were employed in the financial services sector in (a) the South West, (b) the South East, (c) London, (d) the West Midlands, (e) the...

      Government Departments: Internet

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the risks posed by malware downloaded onto people's computers via Adobe Reader on the basis of advice given on Government...

      Ministers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the potential for a reduction in the number of Government Ministers and advisers following the planned reduction in the...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Constituencies

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when the proposals for new parliamentary constituencies in Wales will be published.

  • Transport

    • Aviation: Working Hours

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions she had on the European Aviation Safety Agency's notice of proposed amendments on flight time limitations.

    • Business: Administration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to alleviate the administrative burden of the provisions of EU Council Regulation 1071/2009 for small and micro-businesses.

      Crossrail Line: Bexleyheath

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to help maximise the benefits of Crossrail for Bexleyheath and Crayford residents.

      Official Photographs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many official photographs have been taken of (a) Ministers and (b) senior officials in her Department for use in Government publications since May...

      Highways Agency

      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 work to review the Highways Agency.

      Intercity Express Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment her Department has made of the business case for the Intercity Express programme fleet to be deployed on the (a) Great Western...

      Railway Stations: Worcester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent discussions she has had with Network Rail on the creation of a Worcester Parkway station.

      Rescue Services: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the potential effects on public safety of the closure of Liverpool coastguard station.

      Rescue Services: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the adequacy of search and rescue services based in England which cover South Wales.

      Shipping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the total number of new training roles for UK seafarers that will be created from the approved core training commitments...

      Shipping: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many vessels are owned by each company group that qualified for inclusion in the tonnage tax in 2011-12; and under which flag each such vessel sails.

      Shipping: Flags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which flags are flown by ships owned by company groups that qualified for inclusion in the tonnage tax in 2011-12.

      Underground Railways: Tyne and Wear

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the oral statement of the then Secretary of State for Transport of 26 October 2010, Official Report, column 178, on transport (investment),...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate he has made of the average percentage change in the level of council tax benefit for (a) working families and (b)...

    • Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many mortgages supported by the Government's new build indemnity scheme he expects to be additional mortgages; and how many...

      Senior Civil Servants: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the (a) salary and (b) other costs associated with each Director General in his Department (i) were in 2010-11 and (ii) are...

  • Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many of the 70 respondents to the Government's consultation on the reform of air passenger duty who commented on class of travel called for seats with...

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost was of his Department's consultation on the reform of air passenger duty; and how many working hours were spent on the consultation by civil...

      Air Passenger Duty

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

      Bell Pottinger Group

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether (a) Ministers, (b) officials and (c) political advisers in his Department have met representatives of (i) Bell Pottinger Group or (ii) each of its...

      Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the number of individuals who will incur a net loss as a result of the freezing of the Capital Gains Tax annual exempt amount...

      Commodity Markets

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what his policy is on the proposed review of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive in relation to commodity derivatives markets.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which employers are working with his Department to collect real time income data in support of the universal credit.

      Departmental Secondment

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer 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...

      Financial Services: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were employed in the financial services sector in (a) the North West and (b) the UK in (i) 2005, (ii) 2006, (iii) 2007, (iv) 2008, (v) 2009...

      Income tax: Females

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 25 October 2011, Official Report, column 130W, on income tax: females, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse...

      Money Advice Service

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will place a copy of the Money Advice Service draft business plan for 2012-13 in the Library; (2) how much has been spent on legal advice on...

      Ofgem: Fines

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue his Department has collected as a result of fines imposed by Ofgem in each of the last 10 years.

      Personal Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what dates (a) he, (b) other Ministers in his Department and (c) senior officials in his Department have met representatives of (i) the British Bankers...

      Rebates: Fraud

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of payments for tax refunds being fraudulently redirected as a result of websites that impersonate...

      Taxation: Switzerland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer by what date he expects the UK-Switzerland taxation agreement announced on 24 August 2011 to be implemented.

      Union of Good: USA

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what communication he has had with the US Treasury on the activities of the Union of Good; and if he will make a statement.

  • International Development

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will raise at the UN the issue of electoral irregularities during the recent elections in Democratic Republic of Congo.

    • EU External Trade: Cocoa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what contribution his Department plans to make to the development of a new European standard for sustainable and traceable cocoa; and...

      Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of total (a) commitments and (b) payments to the Global Fund for (i) HIV/AIDS, (ii) malaria and (iii) tuberculosis have...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Farms: Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress her Department has made on reducing the administrative demands placed on farmers by environmental regulations.

    • Food: Illegal Imports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding she has allocated to the “Don't bring me back campaign” (a) in 2011-12 and (b) in each of the...

      Food Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the prospects for UK food security at each extreme of population range projected by the...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Business: Government Assistance

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

    • Export Credits Guarantees: Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which projects have led to debt being owed by Libya to the Export Credits Guarantee Department since 1981.

      Intellectual Property

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he plans to take to implement the recommendations on exception in the Hargreaves Report on intellectual property.

      Scholarships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the amount per student that the National Scholarship Programme will be worth in (a) 2012-13, (b)...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what estimate he has made of the proportion of access to higher education student loans taken out in the academic year 2013-14...

      Tourism: Arts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the consequences for inbound tourism to London of planned changes to the art market in 2012.

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Electronic Equipment: House of Commons

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many iPads have been purchased for use by House of Commons staff; and what the...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Democratic Republic of Congo: Elections

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the conduct of the recent election in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    • Food Labelling

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

      Departmental Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which organisations that have received funding from his Department have brought legal proceedings against his Department in the...

      Risk Assessment

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

      Khaled al-Johani

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the government of Saudi Arabia on Khaled al-Johani.

      Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill 2010-12

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2011, Official Report, column 56W, on Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders...

      Libya: Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made by the specialist unit in his Department in negotiations with the new Libyan government on...

      Saudi Arabia: Counter-terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with his Saudi Arabian counterparts on a proposed anti-terror law for Saudi Arabia.

      Sergei Magnitsky

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what dates Mr William Browder visited his Department to discuss the case of Sergei Magnitsky; and which (a) Ministers and (b)...

      Union of Good: USA

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the US government on the Union of Good; and if he will make a statement.

  • Attorney-General

    • Extradition: USA

      To ask the Attorney-General with reference to the contribution by the Minister of State for Immigration of 5 December 2011, Official Report, column 128, on UK extradition arrangements, whether...

  • Women and Equalities

    • Nightclubs: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what representations she has received on the practice of charging differential fees to men and women for entry to nightclubs.

  • Defence

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the completion date for the two aircraft carriers that are currently under construction have changed; and what the causes of any such delay are.

    • Armed Forces: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 30 November 2011, Official Report, column 977W, on armed forces: recruitment, what the cost per recruit was of medical...

      Armed Forces: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average expenditure per Army recruit was of recruiting and training to identical roles recruits who were aged (a) under 18 years and (b) 18...

      Defence Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Blaydon (Mr Anderson) of 21 October 2011, Official Report, column 1167W, on defence equipment, what the...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects to reply to the letter of 25 November 2011 from the hon. Member for Harrow West to the Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of upgrading the two purchased F-35B variants to the standards required by the US Marine Corps...

      RAF Leuchars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 8 November 2011, Official Report, column 234W, on RAF Leuchars, when he plans to place in the Library a copy of the...

      RAF Leuchars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what alterations will be required to RAF Leuchars to transform it to an operational Army base; what estimate he has made of the cost of any such...

  • Education

    • Schools: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many (a) teachers, (b) teaching assistants, (c) special educational needs (SEN) teachers and (d) SEN assistants were employed in each local...

  • Prime Minister

    • Bell Pottinger

      To ask the Prime Minister whether his (a) Chief of Staff and (b) Director of Strategy has met representatives of (i) Bell Pottinger Group and (ii) clients of Bell Pottinger Group on the...

    • EU Action

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what discussions he had with the Office of First and Deputy First Minister in Northern Ireland on the most recent European Council meeting; (2) what assessment he...

      Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Prime Minister what the (a) name and (b) payscale is of each special adviser appointed since 14 October 2011.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Energy Performance Certificates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of private rented sector accommodation units in energy performance certificate bands (a) E, (b)...

    • Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he had with representatives of the carbon capture and storage industry before the announcement by the Chief Secretary...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what support staff (a) he and (b) his special advisers employ other than the staff in his private office.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the (a) salary grade and (b) title is of each member of staff in his private office who is (A) a civil servant, (B) a special...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many staff in his private office (a) previously worked for a political party and (b) are on secondment.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many staff in the private office of the (a) Minister of State for Climate Change and (b) Minister of State for Energy are on secondment.

      Electricity Generation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Ipswich (Ben Gummer), of 5 December 2011, Official Report, column 40W, on...

      Nuclear Power: Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the costs to (a) his Department and (b) operators of civil nuclear installations resulting from the...

      Renewable Energy: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had on renewable energy development in Wales.

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his Department's most recent estimate is of the cost of extending the eligibility date for the reduction in tariff level for solar...

      Warm Front Scheme

      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...

      Warm Front Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households received assistance under the Warm Front scheme in England in each month of the last 10 years; and what the average...

      Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the operation of the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000 since July...

      Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department have had with (i) HM Treasury and...

  • Justice

    • Care Homes: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many care homes in (a) Hampshire and (b) Southampton have been subject to (i) successful and (ii) unsuccessful prosecutions in the last two years.

    • Chief Coroner: Public Appointments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether his Department has contacted any potential candidates for the role of Chief Coroner.

      Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which courts dealt with cases concerning persons suspected of criminal involvement during the public disorder of August 2011.

      Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the costs to the courts of processing cases concerning people involved in the public disorder of August 2011.

      County Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he had expected to publish the Government's response to the consultation on solving disputes in the county courts; for what reasons publication of...

      County Courts

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

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice 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...

      Market Testing Evaluation Panels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what his policy is on the level of profit margin market testing evaluation panels in his Department should allow for private bidders; (2) whether...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to answer the letter from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton of 26 October 2011 with regard to Mrs M Fallows.

      Personal Injury

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reasons the round table consultation meeting on matters relating to personal injury was postponed; and when he expects the round table to be held.

      Prisoners' Transfers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which companies hold contracts with (a) his Department and (b) the National Offender Management Service for escorting prisoners; and how much each such...

      Prisons: Public Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice for what reasons the public sector bid to operate HM Prison Featherstone 2 was unsuccessful.

      Probation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps he is taking to ensure that his forthcoming proposals for reform of the probation service do not place the public at risk.

      Work Capability Assessment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the potential cost to the public purse of the introduction of a six day week for HM Courts and Tribunals Service to hear...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects to provide a substantive reply to Question 84642 tabled on 29 November 2011 for named day answer on 5 December 2011.

  • Home Department

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the backlog of cases in the UK Border Agency, broken down by case type and the number of cases in each category.

    • Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many claims for compensation under the Riot (Damages) Act 1886 arising from the civil disorder of August 2011 have been settled in each...

      Closed Circuit Television

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she has received from police authorities on the decision by some local authorities to cease or reduce funding for the...

      Criminal Investigations: Care Homes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many care homes in (a) Hampshire and (b) Southampton have been subject to police investigations in the last two years.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were employed in the Liverpool offices of the (a) Criminal Records Bureau, (b) Identity and Passport Service and (c) United...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department at how many events organised by (a) charities, (b) other civil society groups, (c) businesses and (d) lobbying organisations Ministers and...

      Detainees: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children under 16 years are being held in detention for immigration purposes; and how many were being held in (a) May 2011, (b)...

      Drugs Testing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her Department's policy is on mandatory drugs testing for its staff.

      Extradition: Russia

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she has any plans to review the operation of extradition arrangements between the UK and Russia.

      Forensic Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she considers crime scene investigators to be front line staff.

      Forensic Science

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will take steps to safeguard the services provided by crime scene investigators; and if she will make a statement.

      Human Trafficking Ministerial Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what dates the Inter-Departmental Ministerial Group on human trafficking has met since May 2010; who its members are; and which members...

      Immigrants: Citizenship

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many immigrants to the UK have successfully applied for UK citizenship in each of the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement.

      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, whether any of the 74 individuals detained...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people she expected to enter the UK through ports operating the pilot scheme of reduced checks at border control points during the...

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to reform the sponsorship rules for family migration.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which border control checks were suspended on (a) 30 June 2011 and (b) 30 November 2011; whether those suspensions had ministerial approval;...

      Immigration Controls: Cyclamen Machines

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) ports and (b) airports did not operate cyclamen machines on 30 November 2011.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to reply to the letters from the right hon. Member for Tonbridge and Malling dated 26 January, 17 May and 8 July 2011...

      Police

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police forces have opted to use (a) trauma risk management and (b) applied suicide intervention skills training; and if she will make a...

      Police: Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the cost of introducing police commissioners in Wales; and how much of such costs is attributable to (a)...

      Union of Good

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with the US Government on the Union of Good; and if she will make a statement.

      Windsor Review of Police Officers

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) representations she has received and (b) discussions she has had with the Police Federation of England and Wales on the Windsor...

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether all service personnel who were blinded in the line of duty receive a special allowance related to their blindness; and, if not, why not.

    • Autumn Statement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government where they expect to make the public sector savings of £8.3 billion in 2015-16 and £15.1 billion in 2016-17 identified in the Autumn Statement; and how...

      Duchy of Cornwall

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord McNally on 23 November (WA 242) and 7 December (WA 165) concerning the status of the Duchy of Cornwall, when they expect...

      Elections: Commonwealth Citizens

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated number of qualifying Commonwealth citizens resident in the United Kingdom who are entitled to register to vote in all United Kingdom...

      EU: Finance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 14 November (WA 106), whether the "reinforcement" of the role of Commissioner Olli Rehn will impinge...

      Financial Services Authority

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they consider that the Financial Services Authority has the necessary authority and mechanisms to encourage United Kingdom banks to "improve the resilience...

      Gilts

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase the proportion of public debt held by United Kingdom citizens.

      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 Foreign and...

      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 Scotland Office...

      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 HM Treasury using the...

      Health: Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of individuals in the United Kingdom carrying the prion responsible for the non-variant Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease (CJD); and...

      Legal Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 3 November (WA 279), whether they will take steps to recover the legal aid paid to or on behalf of Aidan...

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they anticipate that British military operations in Libya will end.

      Loughall Incident

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what amount of damages, compensation and costs they paid with regard to the case of Kelly and others v the United Kingdom (30054/96) at the European Court of Human...

      NHS: Debt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the current level of historic debt of (1) foundation trusts, and (2) non-foundation trusts, for each strategic health authority (SHA) at the latest date...

      NHS: Debt

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether historic debt held by each hospital trust that is not yet a foundation trust will have to be repaid before they can apply to become a foundation trust;...

      Northern Ireland Office: Staff

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Shutt of Greetland on 7 December 2011 (WA 181) and 21 July 2010 (WA 224), why the review of the environmental allowance of...

      Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what applications they received in 2010-11 from the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission for permission to receive funding from external sources; for what...

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in recruiting volunteers for the 2012 Olympic Games who have foreign language skills, and how they will be deployed.

      Olympic Games 2012

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial support they are providing to businesses and public services to help them prepare staff, information, services and signage using languages other...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether in its discussions with pension funds on participation in infrastructure investment there have been any detailed discussions on the rates of return...

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the average retirement pension for former employees of the National Health Service (excluding consultants, general practitioners and hospital doctors) in...

      Shipping: Tonnage Tax

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much revenue they received from tonnage tax on British shipping during each year since its establishment.

      Smoking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 30 November (WA 82) concerning passive smoking, why they have no plans to conduct an inquiry into the dangers of...

      Smoking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of how many people died from passive smoking in England in each of the past five years.

      Vagrancy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to reform the law on vagrancy in the light of the recent Occupy London protests.

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