Written answers

Monday, 19 December 2011

  • Leader of the House

    • Japan Tobacco International

      To ask the Leader of the House whether any (a) Ministers and (b) special advisers of his Office have received hospitality from Japan Tobacco International since May 2010.

  • Electoral Commission Committee

    • Electoral Register

      To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what estimate the Electoral Commission has made of the number of people not...

  • Northern Ireland

    • Food Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department spent on food purchased through its food and catering services in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason her Department has not undertaken a (a) public consultation and (b) impact assessment on the proposed closure...

    • Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what account she took of the density of animal stock in Wales in taking the decision to close the Animal Health and...

      Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to ensure that laboratory testing will be completed in 24 hours following the closure of...

      Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps her Department is taking to ensure that samples taken for laboratory testing do not deteriorate over time and...

      Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what reason her Department did not inform the Wales Office of its decision to close the Animal Health and Veterinary...

      Slaughterhouses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions she has had with animal welfare organisations on breaches of the law in slaughterhouses; and if she...

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many cases of bovine tuberculosis have been recorded in each month since the introduction of the Sam computer system.

      Cattle: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many trained inspectors able to investigate allegations of acts of cruelty to cattle, and cattle being kept in conditions...

      Cattle: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects the new Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency cattle movement computer system to be fully functional.

      Dangerous Dogs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the merits of bringing forward proposals to amend the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 to hold a dog...

      Food Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps (a) her Department and (b) public bodies for which she is responsible are taking to ensure that they meet the...

      Departmental Travel

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

      Detergents: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department holds information on damage caused to the environment by chemicals used in domestic detergents.

      Eggs: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects the EU Egg Marketing regulations to be amended.

      Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions she has had on the future of the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group.

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the (a) transaction date, (b) supplier and (c) amount was of each transaction made on a Government procurement card held...

      Hazardous Substances: International Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department has given support to Safe Planet: the UN Campaign for Responsibility on Hazardous Chemicals and Wastes.

      Livestock: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps she is taking to tackle the live export of horses for slaughter; and if she will make a statement.

      Livestock: Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the costs to the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency were of inspecting live animal export shipments from...

      Livestock: Transport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what plans she has to review rules on animal movements.

      Oil: Exploration

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions her Department has had with the (a) Department for Transport and (b) European Commission on the...

      Plastic Bags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has any plans to bring forward legislative proposals to establish a producer responsibility regime for plastic...

      Plastic Bags

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has made an assessment of the effectiveness and consequences of recent legislation in Italy banning plastic...

      Poultry: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether she has made an assessment of the risk of infraction proceedings being brought against the Government by the European...

      Poultry: Animal Welfare

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the cost to (a) manufacturers, (b) food processors and (c) retailers of policing the illegal...

      Rural and Farming Network

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she expects the Rural and Farming Network to be operational.

      Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what criteria have been used to determine the decisions on the restructuring of the Veterinary Laboratories Agency; and what...

      Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the saving to the public purse from proposed restructuring of regional veterinary laboratories.

      Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff in regional veterinary laboratories (a) have been offered and (b) have accepted relocation as a result of the...

      Water: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether her Department has undertaken any analysis of the effectiveness of water meters in reducing long-term levels of water...

      Water: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate she has made of the proportion of water-bill payers in (a) the South West and (b) other regions of the UK who...

      WaterSure: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much funding was allocated to WaterSure in 2010-11; and how much she plans to allocate in each year of the comprehensive...

  • Prime Minister

    • Cabinet

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) whether he has invited hon. Members to (a) regional Cabinet meetings and (b) events related to such meetings taking place in or near their constituency; (2) in...

    • Copyright

      To ask the Prime Minister whether he discussed the issue of copyright infringement with his Chinese counterpart in June 2011; on what dates any such meetings took place; what issues were...

      EU Action

      To ask the Prime Minister (1) what discussions he has had with the devolved Administrations on (a) the potential use of the veto and (b) other matters relating to the European Council meeting...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has for machinery of government changes up to 2015.

  • Scotland

    • Food Procurement

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

    • Tugboats

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what (a) discussions and (b) meetings his Department has had with (i) the oil and gas industry, (ii) HM Coastguard and (iii) the Department for...

      Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the operation of the Youth Contract in Scotland.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Child Support

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many mothers in (a) Leicester South constituency, (b) Leicester and (c) England receive financial assistance from the Child Support Agency.

    • Employment Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many organisations have provided support in the Work Choice programme since 2010.

      Employment: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the Government’s response to the Sayce review, what further consideration he has given to the recommendations in the...

      Housing Benefit: Armed Forces

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of families with a son or daughter in the armed forces and classed as non-resident for the purposes of housing...

      Jobseeker’s Allowance: Public Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of introducing weekly signing for all 18 to 24-year-olds in receipt of...

      Pay

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

      Pensioners: Council Tax

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many pensioners in each local authority area are in receipt of council tax benefit; and what proportion of all recipients of the benefit in...

      Pensioners: Winter Fuel Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has any plans to put in place a mechanism to allow pensioners to repay winter fuel allowance.

      Pensions Advisory Service: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many full-time equivalent staff were employed by the (a) Pensions Advisory Service, (b) Pensions Regulator, (c) Pensions Protection Fund...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children are classed as living in poverty in each local authority in England.

      Social Security Benefits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many benefit sanctions were issued by (a) constituency and (b) region in each month since June 2010.

      Social Security Benefits: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will consider providing support to those who lose the severe disability element of income support once their youngest child passes the...

      Social Security Benefits: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Witham (Priti Patel) of 12 December 2011, Official Report, column 594W, on social security...

      Social Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 24 November 2011, Official Report, column 515W, on social services: finance, on which dates Ministers in his...

      Vaccination: Compensation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the provisions of the Vaccine Damage Payment Act 1979; and whether he plans to...

      Winter Fuel Payments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department has taken to improve the speed of administration of the winter fuel allowance for those aged over 80 so that people...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he has put in place a contingency strategy for dealing with a Work programme provider which experiences financial difficulties.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in each category of jobseeker he expects to be referred to the Work programme in each month of 2012.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will enable Work programme prime providers to publish the number of jobseekers they have placed into employment.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what comparative assessment he has made of the performance of the Work programme and that of the Flexible New Deal at the same stage of development.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with Work programme providers since the publication of the most recent unemployment forecasts by the Office for...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the effect of the most recent forecast by the Office for Budget Responsibility of levels of unemployment on the...

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the contribution by the hon. Member for Blaenau Gwent (Nick Smith) of 8 December 2011, Official Report, column 418W, on core...

  • Home Department

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (a) how much her Department received through the collection of fees from those holding personal licences under the Animals (Scientific...

    • Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what legal advice she has received on the suitability of implementing some or all the requirements of Directive 2010/63/EU relating to animal...

      Animal Experiments

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason her Department did not include animal welfare in the list of direct key non-monetised costs by main affected groups when...

      Association of Chief Police Officers: Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) date of purchase, (b) amount, (c) supplier and (d) level 3 or enhanced transaction entry was of each transaction undertaken by...

      Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of asylum seekers entering the UK travelled through a safe third country to reach the UK in each of the last...

      Asylum: Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information she used to decide that it is safe to return failed asylum seekers to the Democratic Republic of Congo; and when such...

      Asylum: Democratic Republic of Congo

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many failed asylum seekers have been returned to Democratic Republic of Congo in the last 12 months.

      Departmental Assets

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assets with a value of £250,000 or more her Department has bought since May 2010; for what purpose; and if she will make a statement.

      Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many staff in her Department were re-deployed to cover the work of staff involved in industrial action on 29 and 30 November 2011;...

      Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether any staff of British diplomatic posts overseas were flown back to the UK to cover the work of staff in her Department involved in...

      Departmental Secondment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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)...

      Entry Clearances

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for leave to remain were received from those resident in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency and (b) the London...

      Entry Clearances: Iran

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements her Department has made to assist those whose personal papers and applications for visas were destroyed during the incident...

      EU Justice and Home Affairs

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 14 July 2011, Official Report, column 457W, on EU Justice and Home Affairs, what progress has been made in...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to answer Question 71147, on public disorder and police funding, tabled by the hon. Member for Hayes and Harlington on 6...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will arrange for the hon. Member for Walsall North to receive a reply to her letter of 7 November 2011 to HM Revenue and Customs,...

      Gang and Youth Violence: Crime Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the report, “Ending Gang and Youth Violence” whether the £10 million of funding to be distributed by April...

      Police: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to (a) receive the recommendation of the Police Arbitration Tribunal on police pay and conditions and (b) announce her...

      Security Guards: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether her Department has issued any covert licences for security guards at Thames Water; (2) how many covert licences were issued in...

      Sexual Offences: Registration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when her Department plans to introduce a requirement for registered sex offenders to notify the police of all foreign travel; (2) when...

      Sexual Offences: Victim Support Schemes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding her Department allocated for work to benefit girls or young women who have been victims or are at risk of gang-related...

      Metal Theft

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the statement on page 57 of the Autumn Statement (Cm 8231) that the Government will invest £5 million to set up a...

      UK Border Agency: Industrial Disputes

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Government employees from outside the UK Border Agency who were re-deployed in (a) ports and (b) airports to cover the work of staff...

      UK Border Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time equivalent staff worked for the UK Border Agency in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; and how many she expects to work for the...

      Union of Good

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what her policy is on the representation of people listed by her Department as supporters of the Union of Good on bodies funded by her...

      Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking to ensure that individuals charged with, but not convicted of, criminal offences have recourse to remove any...

      Vetting: Compulsorily Detained Mental Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the Criminal Record Bureau's (CRB) policy is on disclosing details of an applicant's sectioning under the Mental Health Act in a CRB...

      Vetting: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) target time and (b) average time taken was to complete a Criminal Records Bureau check from when the completed form is received;...

      Violent and Sex Offender Register

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when her Department intends to publish its response to the consultation on proposals to strengthen the notification requirements for...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she intends to answer question 57878 from the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire on 25 May 2011 on the UK Border Agency.

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to answer Question 80423 on the UK Border Force, tabled on 8 November 2011 for named day answer on 14 November 2011.

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Telecommunications Masts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to encourage mobile telephone networks to share telecommunication masts.

    • Arts Council England: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport how much Arts Council England spent in each local authority area (a) in total and (b) per head of local population in each of...

      Arts Council England: Torbay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport which organisations in Torbay constituency received Arts Council England funding in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09, (c) 2009-10, (d)...

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps he is taking to accelerate progress of the 4G broadband roll-out.

      Broadband

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what progress has been made on his Department's rural broadband roll-out programme; and if he will make a statement.

      Official Hospitality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what receptions and events have been hosted by his Department since May 2010, including those sponsored by third parties.

      Diamond Jubilee 2012: Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will take steps to make the diamond jubilee medal available to veterans who wish to receive one.

      Diamond Jubilee 2012: Medals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will consider extending the eligibility for the Queen's Jubilee Medal to (a) St John Ambulance and (b) other such...

      Internet: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps he plans to take to improve access to the internet for the 10 per cent. of the population who are not included in...

      Internet: Access

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment he has made of the findings of the Communications Management Association's Internet Opportunity Survey; and if...

      Local Broadcasting: Essex

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport for what reasons he did not name a town in Essex in his list of towns and cities to be permitted to have their own local...

      Music: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what steps his Department is taking to support involvement in music by young people.

      Olympic Games 2012: Legacy

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

      Olympic Games 2012: Legacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what assessment has been made of the potential effects of the London 2012 Olympics on Sittingbourne and Sheppey constituency.

      Olympic Games 2012: Legacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport for what reasons the budget for the London 2012 Olympics ceremonies has been increased.

      Olympic Games 2012: Bournemouth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport what representations he has received on plans for the Olympic flame to pass through Bournemouth; and if he will make a statement.

  • Education

    • Buzz Off Campaign

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent assessment he has made of the use of mosquito devices; and if he will review the Children's Commissioner's Buzz Off campaign.

    • Children: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when his Department last conducted research on the number of (a) deaf blind and (b) multi-sensory impaired children.

      Child: Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether he has any plans to request Ofsted to investigate arrangements for safeguarding deaf children.

      Children's Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the (a) minimum and (b) optimum number of Sure Start children's centres needed to constitute a network of children's...

      Children’s Centres: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 8 December 2011, Official Report, column 441W, on children's centres: finance, (a) when and (b) where his Department...

      Children’s Centres: Leicester

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what funding his Department plans to allocate to children's centres in Leicester South constituency in each of the next four years.

      Departmental Audit

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

      Food Labelling

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

      Official Hospitality

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

      Risk Assessment

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

      Parliamentary Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education 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...

      Education Capital Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education when he plans to publish a full response to the James Review of capital funding.

      Pre-school Education: Hampshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what estimate he has made of the number of children in East Hampshire constituency eligible for free nursery places announced in (a) 2010 for the most...

      Pre-school Education: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many disadvantaged two-year-olds will be eligible for free nursery care in (a) Pendle and (b) East Lancashire under his proposals.

      Schools: Freedom of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether his Department has made an estimate of the cost to schools of responding to requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

      Special Educational Needs: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) if he will publish the representations received by his Department on the information contained in its publication, Children with Special...

  • International Development

    • Afghanistan: Minerals

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking together with the Afghan Government to prevent exploitation of Afghanistan's mineral wealth.

    • Commonwealth Development Corporation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to improve the (a) transparency levels and (b) future ranking in the Transparency Index of the Commonwealth...

      Commonwealth Development Corporation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he expects the Commonwealth Development Corporation to begin providing information on the in-country businesses invested in by its...

      Commonwealth Development Corporation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to ensure that the Commonwealth Development Corporation (a) meets international standards for aid transparency...

      Commonwealth Development Corporation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to improve the transparency of the Commonwealth Development Corporation.

      Food Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on food purchased through its food and catering services in the last 12 months for which figures are...

      Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department has spent on private sector consultants since May 2010, broken down by (a) company, (b) project and (c) country...

      Departmental Manpower

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

      Developing Countries: Climate Change

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of his Department's budget is allocated to work relating to climate change adaptation and mitigation.

      Development Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the development of an official development assistance monitoring...

      Dominican Republic: Drugs

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to support the Dominican Republic in its counter-narcotics campaign.

      EU External Trade: Cocoa

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how the development of a new European standard for sustainable and traceable cocoa will take into account the interests of smallholder...

      International Conferences: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which Department will have lead responsibility for the Rio plus 20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in June 2012.

      International Conferences: Sustainable Development

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which (a) Ministers and (b) officials of his Department will attend the Rio plus 20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable...

      Japan Tobacco International

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether any (a) Ministers and (b) special advisers in his Department have received hospitality from Japan Tobacco International since...

      Kashmir: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what projects his Department is sponsoring in Kashmir; and how much it has spent in Kashmir since May 2010.

      Ministerial Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what visits each Minister in his Department has made to each geographical region since May 2010.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's planned spending on Official Development Assistance (ODA) was for (a) 2011-12, (b) 2012-13 and (c) 2013-14 prior...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much Official Development Assistance funding his Department allocated to each country in which the UK has a bilateral programme for...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much Official Development Assistance funding his Department allocated to each of the multilateral programmes it funds for (a)...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) which of his Department's budgets will be affected by the announcement in the Autumn Statement of a reduction in funding as a...

      Overseas Aid: Agricultural

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much and what proportion of his Department's expenditure has been allocated to agricultural projects in each (a) region and (b)...

      Thailand: Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent reports he has received on the humanitarian situation in Mae Sot, Thailand.

  • Defence

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the UK's carrier strike capability.

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the likely (a) cost of and (b) enhanced capability arising from the aircraft carrier programme.

      Defence Engagement Strategy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what progress his Department has made on its defence engagement strategy; and when he plans to present the strategy to Parliament.

      European Defence Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the budget of the European Defence Agency.

      United States: Military Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the potential effects on future military co-operation with the US of planned reductions in defence expenditure in that country.

      Royal Navy Training Systems

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the Royal Navy's new training systems on the efficiency of the fleet and availability of the UK's...

      Basing Review

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the Scottish Government's submission to his Department's Basing review; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the...

      Armed Forces: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many women joined the (a) Royal Air Force, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Army and at what rank in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the cost to the public purse was of official service residence for members of the (a) Royal Air Force, (b) Army and (c) Royal Navy in the last year...

      Armed Forces: Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many officers had a status entitling them to official service residence in the (a) Army, (b) Royal Air Force and (c) Royal Navy as at 1 December 2011.

      Armed Forces: Suicide

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 8 November 2011, Official Report, column 231W, on armed forces: suicide, how many suicides were recorded (a) among male...

      Armed Forces: Wills

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many wills of service personnel were lost by his Department or the armed services in each of the last five years; and how many of these were of...

      Armed Forces: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of Army recruits aged (a) under 18 years and (b) 18 years and over completed Phase 2 training and entered the trained strength in the...

      Aviation: Licensing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements are in place to enable Royal Air Force pilots at the end of their commission to be exempted from any requirements in obtaining a...

      Defence: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment his Department has made of the balance between commitments and revenues in the defence budget (a) now and (b) at the time of the...

      Departmental Audit

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

      Departmental Audit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what codes of practice his Department follows when carrying out internal audits; and whether such audits are externally validated.

      Food Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on food purchased through its food and catering services in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Departmental Communications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) job titles and (b) job descriptions are of each of the (i) press officers and (ii) other public relations officers working in his Department.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people are employed (a) directly and (b) indirectly by his Department and its contractors in (i) Castlemartin, (ii) Manorbier and (iii) the...

      Official Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what visits he has made in an official capacity in each year since May 2010; and what the cost to the public purse was of each such visit.

      Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2011, Official Report, columns 1293-94W, on departmental public expenditure, under what categories of cost within...

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) pursuant to the answer of 25 November 2011, Official Report, column 602W, on departmental publications, whether the Strategy for Defence, October...

      Depleted Uranium

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make it his policy to cease using depleted uranium in ammunition.

      European Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 5 September 2011, Official Report, column 84W, on European fighter aircraft, what assumptions his Department used in the...

      Ex-servicemen: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will publish the 2010 survey by the Career Transition Partnership on the employment destinations of service leavers.

      Falkland Islands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has assessed the UK's defence capability in the Falkland Islands since the recent comments by the Argentine Government on the Islands.

      Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 18 October 2011, Official Report, column 875W, on Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, (1) if he proposes that the...

      Harrier Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answers of 7 December 2011, Official Report, column 384W, on Harrier aircraft, if he will publish the memorandum of understanding (MOU)...

      Military Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what flight test instrumentation has been purchased for the F-35C aircraft; and what the cost was to the public purse.

      MODPGA: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the contribution of Ministry of Defence police to the security of the defence estate in Scotland.

      Nuclear Submarines

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has to refurbish the Rolls-Royce nuclear submarine reactor core plant at Raynesway, Derby; and what the cost to the public purse is of any...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 21 March 2011, Official Report, column 833W, on nuclear weapons, how much his Department is planning to spend on collaboration...

      Radiation Exposure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) current and (b) former Ministry of Defence sites have been found to be radioactively contaminated; and what the suspected cause of radiation is...

      Radioactive Waste

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 26 October 2011, Official Report, column 261W, on radioactive waste, for what reason the information identified in the answer...

      Red Arrows: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many hours on average Red Arrows pilots flew (a) in flight training and (b) as flight trainers in each of the last 12 months for which figures are...

      Service Personnel and Veterans Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many applications to the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency relating to divorce, including pension sharing orders and transfers for calculating...

      Submarines: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will take steps to encourage women in the Royal Navy to apply to serve on Vanguard and Astute-class submarines.

      World War II: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans last met Commander Eddie Grenfell; and what plans he has to meet him in the future.

      World War II: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the comments by Commander Eddie Grenfell on the contribution by the Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans...

      World War II: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what his policy is on the contribution by the Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare and Veterans on 6 December 2011, Official Report, columns...

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Al-Qaeda: Prisoner Escapes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the escape of al-Qaeda prisoners from Aden.

    • Daljit Singh Bittu

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Indian authorities on the case of Daljit Singh Bittu.

      Darinderpal Singh Bhullar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Indian authorities on the case of Professor Darinderpal Singh Bhullar.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people were working in his Department on (a) 11 May 2010 and (b) 8 December 2011.

      Diplomatic Service: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many heads of mission are serving in overseas postings; and how many have completed the extensive level language...

      Diplomatic Service: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what formal qualifications in languages are linked to additional remuneration for his Department’s staff.

      Diplomatic Service: Languages

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many HM ambassadors are serving in overseas postings; and of these how many have completed the extensive level language...

      Kashmir: Conflict Prevention

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much the South Asia Conflict Prevention Programme has spent in Kashmir in each year since 2007.

      Kidnapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many officials in his Department have been kidnapped whilst on official business overseas in each of the last 10 years.

      Kidnapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on negotiation with overseas kidnappers.

      Lord's Resistance Army

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent reports he has received on the Lord's Resistance Army's activities in (a) the Central African Republic, (b) the...

      Nigeria: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the UK’s relationship with Nigeria; and if he will make a statement.

      Nigeria: Kidnapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British citizens have been kidnapped in Nigeria in each of the last five years.

      Saudi Arabia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will assess the most recent report by Amnesty International on human rights violations in Saudi Arabia; and if he will...

      Saudi Arabia: Human Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Government of Saudi Arabia on human rights.

      Sikhs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to meet representatives of the Sikh community to discuss the case of Professor Darinderpal Singh Bhullar.

      Somalia: Kidnapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department is taking steps to reduce instances of kidnapping of British citizens in (a) Somalia and (b) other...

      Somalia: Kidnapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received of British citizens being kidnapped in Somalia in each of the last 10 years.

      Somalia: Piracy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the cost to the international community of piracy off the coast of Somalia in terms of (a)...

      South Sudan: Equality

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department is taking to promote equality in South Sudan.

      South Sudan: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the UK's relations with South Sudan; and if he will make a statement.

      Sri Lanka: Foreign Relations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on the UK's relations with Sri Lanka; and if he will make a statement.

  • Treasury

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many full-time equivalent staff in his Department have worked on the proposed reform of air passenger duty.

    • Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has any plans to make further changes to the structure of air passenger duty up to 2015.

      Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish the analysis of the costs and benefits of air passenger duty to the UK economy that his Department undertook to inform his response to...

      Air Passenger Duty

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons retention of a four band air passenger duty structure was not an option in his consultation document on reform of air passenger duty.

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in which month businesses will start to receive investments through the funds in which the Government will invest in partnership with other investors.

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the economic effect over the period to 2030 of a delay in the carbon capture storage programme until (a) 2016, (b) 2017, (c)...

      Carbon Sequestration

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the potential effect of a delay to the carbon capture storage programme on employment in (a) each region of England, (b)...

      Care Quality Commission: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many special severance payments have been notified to HM Treasury by the Care Quality Commission in each of the last three years.

      Cash Dispensing

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which meetings (a) he, (b) other Ministers in his Department and (c) senior officials in his Department have had with (i) the British Banking Association,...

      Departmental Civil Proceedings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which organisations that have received funding from his Department have brought legal proceedings against his Department in the last five years; which such...

      Departmental Internet

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will ensure that his Department's website is updated to include meetings he and Ministers in his Department have had since March 2011.

      Departmental Judicial Review

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

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people were working in his Department on (a) 11 May 2010 and (b) 8 December 2011.

      Departmental Publications

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) leaflets, (b) posters and (c) reports his Department has published since May 2010; how much each cost; and which company (i) published and (ii)...

      Domestic Visits: Schools

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether it is his Department's policy that when an official from his Department visits a school the local education authority is informed in advance.

      Economic Situation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effects on the economy of (a) the Royal Wedding of April 2011, (b) the industrial action of November 2011, (c) the winter...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many policyholders have received payments from the Equitable Life Payment Scheme since June; how many payments have been made each month since June; and...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many Equitable Life policyholders had (a) received payments under the compensation scheme and (b) been contacted regarding compensation on the most...

      Equitable Life Assurance Society: Executives

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer who the most senior official is in charge of the Equitable Life Payment Scheme.

      Excise Duties: Fuels

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what calculations his Department makes to ascertain the effect of levels of fuel duty on low income households.

      Financial Ombudsman Service: Manpower

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many full-time equivalent staff the Financial Ombudsman Service employed in 2010-11; how many it plans to employ in (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13; and if...

      Financial Services: EU Action

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (a) how many and (b) which of the current EU proposals on financial services he considers to pose a potential risk to the UK financial services sector.

      Financial Services: EU Action

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in respect of (a) how many and (b) which current EU proposals on financial services he has written to the European Commission due to a potentially adverse...

      Financial Services: EU Action

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer in respect of which current EU proposals on financial services regulation he has received representations identifying them as potentially damaging to the UK...

      Households: Personal Savings

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) whether he plans to take steps to increase the household savings ratio; (2) what estimate he has made of the long-term household savings ratio (a) in...

      Infrastructure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what date his Department first informed Ministers in the Welsh Government of his plans to publish the National Infrastructure Plan 2011.

      Money Advice Service: Pay

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what (a) discussions and (b) written communications he has had with (i) the Financial Services Authority, (ii) the Office of Fair Trading and (iii) the...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what Barnett consequential funding has been made available to each of the devolved Administrations as a result of expenditure to increase passenger capacity...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Barnett consequentials will be for each devolved Administration as a result of the (a) National Infrastructure Plan 2011, (B) Youth Contract and...

      Public Expenditure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which of the measures included in table 2.3 of his Autumn Statement will receive new funding announced in the Autumn Statement; and in which years.

      Regional Growth Fund

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how the additional funding for the Regional Growth Fund announced in the Autumn Statement is to be allocated.

      Tax Credit

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to his Autumn Statement, how many (a) individuals and (b) households will be affected by (i) the freezing of working tax credit and (ii) the...

      Taxation: Aviation

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what assessment he has made of the level of aviation taxes in (a) the UK, (b) the EU and (c) G20 countries; (2) if he will publish his analysis of...

      VAT: Press

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what definition of (a) newspapers, (b) magazines and (c) books is used by HM Revenue and Customs to determine whether items should be subject to the...

  • Attorney-General

    • Electronic Tagging

      To ask the Attorney-General if the Crown Prosecution Service will ask magistrates to ensure that overnight curfew orders for repeat juvenile offenders are accompanied by electronic tagging orders.

    • Human Trafficking

      To ask the Attorney-General what guidance he provides to the Crown Prosecution Service on people who might be involved in illegal activities but are also the victims of human trafficking.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will estimate (a) the carbon dioxide emissions likely to be generated by the number of additional UK residents projected by 2033...

    • Special Advisers: Electronic Equipment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his special advisers have been provided with (a) a mobile phone, (b) a laptop computer, (c) an iPad or other electronic tablet...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the annual staffing costs are of (a) the private office of the Minister of State for Climate Change, (b) the private office of the...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2011, Official Report, column 567W, on departmental manpower, what the (a) job title and (b)...

      Departmental Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2011, Official Report, column 568W, on departmental pay, what the (a) job title and (b) salary...

      Departmental Responsibilities

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what diary engagements he undertook on the afternoon of 31 October 2011.

      Energy Supply

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what information his Department holds on the future ownership of (a) nuclear and (b) renewable energy power stations and facilities...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what account his Department's consultation on smart meters and methods of connecting them will take of the difficulties encountered in...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to assess (a) wireless, (b) cellular and (c) other options for the installation and subsequent...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what plans he has to consult the Welsh Government on technology for the operation of smart meters.

      Energy: Prisons

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2011, Official Report, column 570W, on energy: prisons, what estimate he has made of the number...

      Energy: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what process his Department plans to follow to determine whether a landlord has carried out the maximum package of measures funded...

      Energy: Private Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what measures he plans to put in place to protect tenants from eviction in cases where they request energy efficiency improvements.

      Environment Protection: Economic Growth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether his Department has made an estimate of the level of growth in the low carbon economy in each of the last 10 years.

      Environment Protection: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his Department's most recent estimate is of the number of people employed in the low carbon economy.

      Forests: Developing Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what agreements were made at the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban on reducing emissions from (a) aviation and (b) deforestation...

      Fuel Poverty: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if his Department will provide assistance to cancer patients in fuel poverty to enable them to identify the most appropriate tariff for...

      Fuel Poverty: Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether the Energy Company Obligation will provide support for cancer patients who are in fuel poverty.

      G20

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what arrangements have been made for the meeting of the G20 energy ministers which the UK is hosting in 2012.

      G20

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the (a) location and (b) agenda is of the meeting of the G20 energy ministers in April 2012 which the UK is hosting; what other...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether energy efficiency aggregators delivering the Green Deal will be eligible to receive support through the proposed capacity...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many companies have submitted a written expression of interest in becoming a Green Deal provider to his Department since the scheme...

      Ministerial Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) for what reasons his Department has not published a quarterly list of ministerial meetings with external organisations for (a)...

      Natural Gas: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent comparative assessment he has made of the cost of domestic gas in the US and the UK; and if he will make a statement.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • House of Commons Chamber

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many times he has attended the Chamber of the House since May 2010.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Departmental Public Expenditure

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities 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 any such...

  • Transport

    • Biofuels

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many acres of agricultural land were used to supply biofuel for transport in the UK in each of the last 10 years; and how many tonnes of biofuel...

    • Bus Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate her Department has made of the annual number of additional car journeys to take place attributable to (a) the end of concessionary coach...

      Bus Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport over what time frame she plans to allocate funding for the Better Bus Area Fund.

      Ministerial Domestic Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on how many occasions she visited (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland in an official capacity in the last 12 months.

      Official Photographs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she plans to answer question 82566, on official photographs, tabled on 21 November 2011 for reply on 23 November 2011.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many staff are employed in each regional office of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: North-east England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the likely effects of proposals to close Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency regional enforcement offices on levels of...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what services are delivered by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency regional offices in Scotland.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport at how many locations in Scotland the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency shares office accommodation with other Government agencies.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether any of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency offices in Scotland proposed for closure was funded through the private finance initiative.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the staff (a) turnover and (b) absentee rate was at each Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency office in Scotland in each of the last five years.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the running costs were of each Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) office in Scotland in each of the last five years; and what the fixed...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average length of service is of staff currently employed by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency at each of its locations in Scotland.

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with which estate partners the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency holds contracts relating to accommodation and facilities management for its regional...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has to transfer its delivery of services from Scotland to other parts of the UK; at what...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much has been spent on refitting, repairs and general maintenance of each Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency regional office in Scotland proposed...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of her Department's liability for redundancy payments consequent upon the planned closure of each Driver and Vehicle...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport which Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency offices in Scotland identified for vacation following the announcement of the rationalisation programme are...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the possible effects of the proposed closure of Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency offices in Scotland on the time...

      Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Scotland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Scotland on the proposed closure of Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency offices in Scotland.

      Driving Tests

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether there will be any increase in the cost to candidates to sit the car and motorcycle theory tests as a result of the decision by the Driving...

      Driving Under Influence: Costs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate her Department has made of the average cost to the public purse of a single drink-drive (a) offence and conviction, (b) offence and...

      Driving Under Influence: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average cost to the public purse was of participation by an individual on a drink-drive rehabilitation course in the latest period for which...

      Driving Under Influence: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the reoffending rates were for offenders who undertook a drink-drive rehabilitation course in a region with (a) a single provider and (b) multiple...

      Driving Under Influence: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the number of deaths that have been prevented by the introduction of the drink-drive rehabilitation scheme.

      Driving Under Influence: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the likely effects on reoffending rates of her proposed changes to the drink-drive rehabilitation scheme.

      Driving Under Influence: Rehabilitation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the likely factors an offender would take into account in choosing between providers in an area with more than one...

      Drug Screening Technology: Police Stations

      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 with the Home Office to authorise...

      East Midlands Airport: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she has had with management of East Midlands Airport on the swabbing of religious headgear of (a) passengers and (b) airport workers.

      Electric Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what progress her Department has made on increasing the number of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

      London Airports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what her policy is on new runways at (a) Stansted and (b) Gatwick airport.

      Official Cars

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) make, (b) model and (c) place of manufacture is of each car (i) loaned or (ii) purchased by the Government Car and Despatch Agency since...

      Railway Stations: Rotherham

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of the level of (a) delays and (b) additional costs in the refurbishment of Rotherham Central railway station; and if she...

      Rescue Services: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the change has been in levels of staffing costs for the Coastguard Service in Wales since May 2010.

      Road Traffic Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent reports her Department has published under section 2 of the Road Traffic Reduction (National Targets) Act 1998; and if she will make a...

      Shipping: Southampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she has had with representatives of the Port of Southampton on (a) Maersk Triple E Class and (b) other larger container ships.

      Shipping: Southampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment she has made of deep-sea container operations in Southampton.

      Teesside Airport

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she plans to take to safeguard the future of Teesside airport following the decision by Peel Airports to put it up for sale.

      Vehicle and Operator Services Agency: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 22 November 2011, Official Report, columns 262-64W, on Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, what contribution her Department...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Departmental Responsibilities

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

    • Risk Assessment

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what risk registers are kept by the Corporate Services Group of his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Electoral Register

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate has been made of the number of unregistered voters in each (a) region and (b) parliamentary constituency.

      Japan Tobacco International: Ministerial Policy Advisers

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether any (a) Ministers and (b) special advisers in his Department have received hospitality from Japan Tobacco International since May 2010.

      Plutonium: Major Projects Authority

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which staff of the Major Projects Authority have expertise in the management of plutonium; and from which Government Departments are such staff seconded.

      Social Enterprises

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what his Department's definition of social enterprise is as regards the departmental responsibilities of the Minister for Civil Society; (2)...

      Third Sector: North-west England

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many charity or voluntary sector groups in the North West received funding from the Government in (a) 2008, (b) 2009, (c) 2010 and (d) 2011.

      Voluntary Work: Older People

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what plans he has to facilitate volunteering for older people; and if he will make a statement.

      Youth Services: Closures

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many letters he received on the closure of charity-run youth centres in England in each of the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Procurement

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

    • Fire Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what lessons have been learned from Exercise Watermark in respect of the fire and rescue service.

      Fire Services: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether it is his policy to change the formula for allocating spending reductions to fire and rescue authorities in years three...

      Homelessness: North-east England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department has taken to measure the levels of (a) homelessness and (b) people living in temporary accommodation...

      Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to balance an increase in supply of new housing with stabilisation of demand to enable the market to clear.

      Land Use: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he has plans to change the frequency of publication of Land Use Change Statistics.

      Land Use: Statistics

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his policy is on including statistics on development of best and most versatile land in the Land Use Change Statistics.

      Local Government Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether he plans to allow local authorities to trade in non-statutory services.

      Mortgages: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government with reference to the answers of 30 March 2010, Official Report, column 1137W, and 9 February 2010, Official Report, column...

      Public Expenditure: Liverpool

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment he has made of the effect of reductions in his Department’s budget on (a) housing projects and (b) local...

      Public Lavatories

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what funding his Department has provided to local authorities for Changing Places toilets; (2) which local authorities...

      Supporting People Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which voluntary and third sector organisations have made written representations to him on the Supporting People scheme; and if...

      Union of Good

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his policy is on the representation of people listed by his Department as supporters of the Union of Good on bodies funded...

      Written Questions: Government Responses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when he plans to respond to question 83268, on New Deal for Communities scheme, tabled on 22 November 2011 for answer on 25...

      Youth Services: Closures

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many letters he received on the closure of youth centres in England in each of the last 12 months; and if he will make a...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Aluminium: Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his Department's policy is on support for the aluminium industry; and if he will make a statement.

    • Bankruptcy: Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he plans to increase the number of (a) bankruptcy restriction orders and undertakings and (b) disqualification orders and...

      Business: Competition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what supply-side steps his Department is taking to ensure that British businesses remain economically competitive.

      Business: Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the effects of the provision of the Bribery Act 2010 on small and medium-sized enterprises.

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many small and medium-sized enterprises have received assistance from Government schemes in (a) Leicester South constituency,...

      Company Accounts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills if he will make it his policy that the level of fines imposed on small businesses for late filing of accounts with Companies...

      Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what contribution his Department has made to the cross-Government review of advice funding announced in July 2011.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff in his Department are working on the Green Investment Bank.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff in his Department have duties which involve liaising with the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many staff in his Department are working in the UK Green Investments team.

      Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many contracts his Department has advertised on the Contracts Finder website in each month since May 2010; what the value was...

      Company Directors: Disqualification

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many D1 reports on the required conduct of directors under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 have been received...

      Export Credits Guarantee Department: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what consideration his Department has given to providing funding to the Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD) to ensure that...

      Exports

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to encourage small and medium-sized enterprises to increase exports to emerging markets; and if he will...

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills from what budgetary source the running costs of the Green Investment Bank will be paid.

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the Green Investment Bank will be a public authority for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

      Green Investment Bank

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 12 December 2011, Official Report, columns 61-63WS, on the Green Investment...

      Green Investment Bank: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what estimate has been made of the likely annual salary of the Green Investment Bank's chief executive officer; and what...

      Green Investment Bank: Recruitment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the recruitment process for UK Green Investments (a) staff and (b) fund managers will be.

      Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many adults of each gender aged 24 and over took level 3 or higher qualifications in each further education establishment in...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (a) what discussions he had and (b) what research was carried out before he decided to allow the unrestricted recruitment by...

      Housing: Carbon Emissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has any plans to allocate further funding to the Retrofit for the Future scheme.

      Insolvency Service: Disclosure of Information

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many requests the Insolvency Service has received under the Data Protection Act 1998 to view D1 reports submitted by...

      Investment Trusts: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether UK Green Investments fund managers will be eligible for performance-related bonuses.

      Investment: Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether the proposed £775 million funding for UK Green Investments in the next financial year will come from the £3...

      Local Enterprise Partnerships: Local Nature Partnerships

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on the involvement of local enterprise partnerships in the work of local nature partnerships.

      Manufacturing Industries: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the announcement of 6 December 2011 on the advanced manufacturing supply chain initiative, whether there is a...

      Manufacturing Industries: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the announcement of 6 December 2011 on the advanced manufacturing supply chain initiative, which manufacturing...

      Manufacturing Industries: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the announcement of 6 December 2011 on the advanced manufacturing supply chain initiative, when he expects...

      Manufacturing Industries: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the announcement of 6 December 2011 on the advanced manufacturing supply chain initiative, how many firms he...

      Manufacturing Industries: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills with reference to the announcement of 6 December 2011 on the advanced manufacturing supply chain initiative, what criteria he...

      Overseas Trade: Advisory Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the proposal by the British Chambers of Commerce to restructure the Overseas Market...

      Phoenix Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to prevent companies, the directors of which have previously been convicted of fraud, from being...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many post offices in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland he expects to be converted into Post...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many Post Office Locals in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland he expects will operate on a...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills at which locations Post Office Local services have been trialled; and what feedback his Department has received.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether (a) large parcel services, (b) applications for driving licences, (c) applications for passports, (d) issue of car tax...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his proposed timetable is for the introduction of post office locals.

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many sub-postmasters in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland have applied to convert their post...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) what arrangements will be put in place to provide post office services during the transition to post office local; (2)...

      Post Offices: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether staff at Post Office locals will receive the same training as Post Office staff.

      Post Offices: Vetting

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what security vetting will be undertaken of post office local staff.

      Regional Growth Fund: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many higher education institutions participated in Regional Growth Fund bids in both rounds 1 and 2 which were (a) successful...

      Shipping: Southampton

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effect on businesses of the ability of the Port of Southampton to accommodate (a) Maersk...

      Trade Unions: Training

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding from (a) his Department, (b) the Skills Funding Agency and (c) the European Social Fund has been made available to...

      UK Green Investment Committee

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills who the members of the UK Green Investments Committee are.

  • Health

    • Accident and Emergency Departments: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate his Department has made of average accident and emergency waiting times at (a) South London Healthcare NHS Trust, (b) Lewisham...

    • Anti-depressants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether anti-depressants are included in the review of policy on addiction to prescribed medication; and for what reasons.

      Winter Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has held with (a) the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and (b) the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate...

      Winter Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many applications for Warm Homes, Healthy People funding his Department has received from local authorities; and how many grants will be awarded.

      Winter Deaths

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to provide Warm Homes Healthy People funding in (a) 2012, (b) 2013, (c) 2014 and (d) 2015; and what assessment he has made...

      Dementia: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the likely effect of his proposed reforms of the NHS on dementia care for the elderly.

      Food Procurement

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on food purchased through its food and catering services in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

      Official Hospitality

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

      Epilepsy: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of whether the West Midlands Specialised Commissioning Group is following expert clinical opinion in its commissioning policy...

      Health Services: Internet

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to promote access to online health care services for (a) patients and (b) informal carers and family members.

      Health Services: Private Sector

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which organisations that provide private healthcare services (a) he and (b) each other Minister in his Department has met since May 2010; and on what date...

      Health Services: Cold Weather

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the potential effect that the provisions of the Health and Social Care Bill will have on his Department's Cold Weather Plan.

      Herbal Medicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether (a) he and (b) his officials have met representatives of (i) Schwabe Pharma UK Ltd and (ii) the Safer Herbal Medicines Campaign in the last six months.

      HIV Infection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government plan to take to tackle HIV stigma; and if he will make a statement.

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average rate of incidence of (a) MRSA and (b) other hospital acquired infections was in each strategic health authority in each year since 1997.

      Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many incidences of (a) MRSA and (b) other hospital acquired infections there have been in (i) Ipswich hospital, (ii) West Suffolk hospital, (iii)...

      Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 8 December 2011, Official Report, column 417W, on mass media, how much his Department has spent on media monitoring in each of...

      Mental Health: Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 have been released in each of the last five years.

      NHS Foundation Trusts: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to ensure that Monitor properly exercises its role as a regulatory body in respect of NHS foundation trusts assessed as being at...

      NHS Litigation Authority

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions (a) he and (b) his officials have had with the Cabinet Office on the mutualisation of the NHS Litigation Authority; and if he will...

      NHS: Pay

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether any (a) Chief Executives, (b) Chairs or (c) Board members of an NHS Trust in London are paid by means of payments to a limited company in lieu of...

      NHS: Private Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of referrals to the NHS from private health providers being made via the patient's GP without any...

      NHS: Private Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of NHS appointments that resulted from a referral to the NHS from private health providers being made via a GP, in...

      NHS: Private Patients

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his Department's policy is on the referral of patients to the NHS from private health providers via a GP without any unconnected conditions...

      Nurses: Standards

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to increase the standard of hospital nursing care.

      Nutrition

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will assess the research conducted by the Schools Health Education Unit on the number of women aged between 14 and 15 years who would like to lose...

      Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions (a) he, (b) his Ministers and (c) officials in his Department have had with Monitor on the Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS...

      Rehabilitation Centres

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to develop and promote vocational rehabilitation services.

      Skin Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will consider including skin checks in the NHS Health Check for adults over the age of 40; and if he will make a statement.

      Skin Cancer

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to raise awareness of the long-term consequences and severity of skin damage caused by regular exposure to the...

      Smoking: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what targets he has set for the Tobacco Control Plan; whether a behaviour change plan has been produced to reduce smoking in cars around children;...

      Social Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 October 2011, Official Report, column 839W, on the public sector, when each of the 45 staff-led social enterprises was...

      Streptococcus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidance is issued to health care professionals on preventing group B streptococcal infection in newborn babies; and when this guidance was...

      Streptococcus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations his Department has received on group B streptococcus screening since May 2010.

      Streptococcus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has commissioned on the benefits of group B streptococcus testing in pregnancy in the last five years.

      Streptococcus

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department has collected on the effect of introducing group B streptococcus screening on levels of infection in babies in (a) the US,...

  • Justice

    • Departmental Expenditure: Christmas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on (a) Christmas events and (b) decorations at each of his Department's buildings in 2011.

    • Civil Disorder

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of offenders convicted of crimes in relation to the public disorder in August 2011 had received an out-of-court disposal in...

      Commissioner for Victims and Witnesses

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he expects to announce the appointment of a new Victims' Commissioner.

      Departmental Communications

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

      Departmental Visits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) which young offenders institutes (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have visited in the last 18 months; and on what dates such visits took...

      Official Hospitality

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

      Legal Opinion: Consumers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the Government have assessed the potential effect of new forms of regulation of legal services on consumer protection.

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign national prisoners were detained in prison (a) on remand and (b) having been found guilty in England and Wales on 1 January of each year...

      Prisons: Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what contingency arrangements his Department has put in place to minimise the risk of disturbances in the secure estate during the Christmas and new year...

      Public Protection Arrangements

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) for what serious further offences offenders subject to multi-agency public protection arrangements have been charged in each of the last five...

      Remand in Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many children he expects there to be in custody between 2011-12 and 2013-14.

      Reoffenders: Alternatives to Prosecution

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many offenders subject to out-of-court disposals reoffended within (a) one month, (b) two months, (c) three months, (d) six months, (e) nine months...

      Reoffenders: Crimes of Violence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the highest number of previous convictions for assault was for an individual convicted of an offence of assault without being sent to prison in each...

      Theft: Retail Trade

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what representations he has received on sentencing for shop theft; and if he will make a statement.

      Young Offender Institutions: Injuries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people the Youth Justice Board recorded as injured in each young offenders institute in each of the last eight years; how many injuries were...

      Young Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much each local authority in the north- east has contributed to the costs of its youth offending services from its Revenue Support Grant in each year...

      Youth Custody

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many children aged under 18 years in each age group were held in the secure estate on 30 November (a) 2009, (b) 2010 and (c) 2011.

      Youth Justice Reinvestment Pathfinder Initiative

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many expressions of interest he has received from local authorities for involvement in the Youth Justice Reinvestment Pathfinder initiative;...

      Youth Justice: North-east England

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much Youth Justice Board grant funding has been made available for youth offending (a) teams and (b) services in each local authority area in the...

  • House of Lords

    • Armed Forces: Aircraft

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether United Kingdom service aircraft require permission to overfly areas of population in the United States; and, if so, from whom and when.

    • Armed Forces: Submarine Service

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated cost of converting (1) Vanguard Class submarines, and (2) Astute Class submarines, so that women can serve on them alongside men.

      Autumn Statement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what types and sizes of business can be supported by the £40 billion credit easing programme announced in the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Autumn Statement.

      Aviation: Passenger Duty

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the proposed increases in air passenger duty on visitor numbers to the United Kingdom.

      Bailiffs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with Harrow Council regarding their policy of increasing the fee they receive from bailiffs, and in particular regarding the...

      Banking: Levy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the rate of tax applied under the bank levy will be adjusted regularly to achieve a monetary tax yield; and whether they plan to use this approach for any...

      Banking: Levy

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assumptions they have made about the response of banks to the bank levy, including the incentive effect on banks to reduce their outstanding loans.

      Banking: Northern Rock

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 5 December (WA 108) concerning the nationalisation of Northern Rock plc, whether they will now answer the...

      Banking: World Bank

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to reduce the funding allocation to the World Bank.

      BBC: World Service Trust

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Rawlings on 5 December (WA 109-10) concerning the BBC Trust's code of practice, what is the practical effect of an...

      Cayman Islands

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when the comprehensive business case review to be conducted by KPMG of the Cruise Port Project in the Cayman Islands which they have requested will be completed;...

      Charities: Regulation

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 4 May (WA 155-6), how donation is distinguished from trade according to the Charities Act 2006 and the...

      City Regional Cabinets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how decisions of City Regional Cabinets are made publicly available.

      Committee on Standards in Public Life

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they estimated the inquiry by the Committee on Standards in Public Life into party political finance would cost; what the final cost of the inquiry was;...

      Corporal Punishment

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of their Fifth report to the United Nations Committee against Torture, whether corporal punishment of children (a) in the home and family, (b) in all...

      Cycling

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what grants for cycling they awarded during 2008, 2009 and 2010 in (1) Merseyside, and (2) Sefton.

      Development Aid

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether regular scrutiny is applied to educational curricula that are produced with assistance from United Kingdom development aid contributions in the Middle...

      Elections

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the countries whose citizens can vote in United Kingdom elections on the basis of their citizenship; and whether those citizens can make donations to...

      Elections: Commonwealth Citizens

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which Commonwealth countries permit their citizens to vote in their elections while that citizen is also entitled to vote in the United Kingdom.

      Elections: Commonwealth Citizens

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether qualifying Commonwealth citizens resident in the United Kingdom are entitled (1) to vote in all United Kingdom referendums, and (2) to stand as candidates...

      Elections: Commonwealth Citizens

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 6 December (WA 142), whether there is a time limit following a country withdrawing from the Commonwealth after...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Drayson on 5 May 2009 (WA 93-4) and by Baroness Wilcox on 16 December 2010 (WA 210), why the partnership between the...

      Embryology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 30 November (WA 69), if it cannot now be stated definitively that all gamete providers were promptly notified that...

      Energy: Emissions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the comments by Earl Attlee on 5 December (HL Deb, col GC164), what is the intensity of greenhouse gas emissions from the production of fuel from (1)...

      EU: Association Agreements

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions have been held with other European Union member states about using the European Union association agreement with Lebanon to encourage it to...

      Extradition: Gary McKinnon

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to make representations to the government of the United States about the intervention of the United States Ambassador in parliamentary scrutiny...

      Finance: Bonds

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether new senior unsecured bonds issued by United Kingdom banks may subsequently be made subject to specific bail-in conditions.

      Finance: Independent Custodians

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider requiring investment managers and brokers to hold customer cash through independent custodians to eliminate co-mingling of client and...

      Finance: Money Management

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the use by money managers of client securities in internal repurchase and stock lending operations as a source of liquidity, in the light...

      Gaza

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 5 December (WA 117), when they expect the quota of trucks entering Gaza for the United Nations Relief and...

      Government Departments: Lawyers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many officials in the Cabinet Office are qualified lawyers.

      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 Northern Ireland...

      Government Departments: Training

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many officials in the Cabinet Office have received training from the National School of Government in pursuance of section 3(6) of the Constitutional Reform...

      Government: Information Campaigns

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was spent on each major Government-funded public information and advice campaign in the last five years; and what assessments they have made of their...

      Health: Dermatology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what actions they are taking to ensure that dermatology features as a key component of medical training.

      Health: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) proportion, and (2) amount, of the NHS drug budget in the last five years was spent on (a) generic drugs, and (b) non- generic drugs; and what...

      Health: Ophthalmology

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what they are doing to ensure Lucentis is available on the National Health Service for the treatment of diabetic macular oedema.

      Health: Productivity and Efficiency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what amount (in 2011-12 prices) the National Health Service has to save through improvements in productivity and efficiency in (1) 2011-12, (2) 2012-13, (3)...

      Health: Productivity and Efficiency

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what amount (in 2011-12 prices) each strategic health authority (SHA) has to save through improvements in productivity and efficiency in (1) 2011-12, and (2)...

      Health: Savings Targets

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what amount of savings each strategic health authority (SHA) had made by 30 September towards its target for 2011-12; whether any failures to meet 2011-12 savings...

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many empty homes they expect to see re-occupied in each of the next three years in (1) high demand areas, and (2) low demand areas.

      Housing

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the research undertaken for MENCAP by Cordis Bright Consulting into the effects of welfare cuts and a shortage of...

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the nature and extent of the persecution of the Baha'i community in Iran.

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Iran regarding the persecution of the Baha'i community in Iran.

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of Iran's nuclear programme.

      Iraq: Camp Ashraf

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what support they have given to Jean de Ruyt, the United Nations Ambassador appointed to oversee the situation in Camp Ashraf in Iraq; whether he has been given...

      Iraq: Camp Ashraf

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the 6 December briefing to the United Nations Security Council by Martin Kobler, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General...

      Iraq: Camp Ashraf

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they share the view expressed to the United Nations Security Council by Martin Kobler, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, that...

      Iraq: Camp Ashraf

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the First Report of the Secretary-General of the United Nations pursuant to paragraph 6 of Council resolution 2001(2011) in...

      Irish Language and Ulster Scots Language

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Shutt of Greetland on 1 December concerning the treatment of Ulster Scots (WA 95), whether they see a difference between...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about its closing of some radio broadcasts by All for Peace as from 17 November.

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 30 November (WA 75), whether they will propose to the United Nations that they seek details from...

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding the Foreign and Commonwealth Office will have provided in 2011 to promote joint business initiatives between Israelis and Palestinians.

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding the European Union provided to coexistence projects between Israelis and Palestinians in 2011.

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how much funding in 2011 the European Union provided to aid and promote joint business initiatives between Israelis and Palestinians.

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what additional action they will take against Iran following the attack on the British Embassy in Tehran.

      Israel and Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Palestinian Authority about their decision to stop the transfer of sick children to hospitals in Israel, as reported...

      Lebanon

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of Hezbollah's military capabilities in southern Lebanon.

      Legislation

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

      Legislation

      to ask the Leader of the House , in the light of recent alterations made to House of Lords sitting times and the increased use of the Grand Committee to consider important bills and debates, what...

      Libya

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will give details of civilians killed and injured in the recent NATO military actions in Libya, including air attacks; and what is the value of...

      Maritime Industry: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment has been made of the value of the Confidential Human Factors Incident Reporting Programme for the maritime industry in enhancing safety at sea.

      Maritime Industry: Safety

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why funding was withdrawn from the Confidential Human Factors Incident Reporting Programme (CHIRP) maritime programme but not from other CHIRP programmes.

      Maritime Labour Convention 2006

      To ask Her Majesty's Government when they will ratify the Maritime Labour Convention 2006.

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to allow national galleries and museums to reintroduce admission charges.

      National Commissioning Board

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the timetable for setting up local field offices of the NHS National Commissioning Board; and what will be their function (1) before the abolition of...

      NHS: Peterborough Primary Care Trust

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many directors of the Peterborough Primary Care Trust have received letters from Directors of the East of England Strategic Health Authority which warn that...

      Nuclear Weapons

      To ask Her Majesty's Government which countries have or they consider are developing nuclear weapons.

      Olympic Games 2012: Torch

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there was any request to the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games from any department of the Northern Ireland Assembly for the...

      Palestine

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to Palestinian Authority leaders to encourage the resumption of peace negotiations.

      Parliament Square

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress is being made with the roadworks in and around Parliament Square, in the light of the need to ensure access to the Palace of Westminster for members...

      Pitcairn

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there are internet services on Pitcairn; if so, who provides them; and how they can be accessed.

      Public Expenditure

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, if economic growth in 2012-13 falls below the rate forecast by the Office for Budget Responsibility in November's Economic and fiscal outlook. they will...

      Railways: Intercity Express and Electrification

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what would be the impact on the Intercity Express Programme of Transport Scotland's proposal to terminate all East Coast trains at Edinburgh.

      Republic of Ireland: British Citizens

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ask the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly to report on the treatment of British citizens in the Republic of Ireland.

      Republic of Ireland: Celebrations

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they propose to make representations to the government of the Republic of Ireland to encourage it not to celebrate officially in January 2012 the...

      Royal Family: Overseas Visits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what costs are charged to public funds (1) on official trade promotion or other business-related missions to overseas countries by the Duke of York, and (2) on his...

      Royal Family: Overseas Visits

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the cost to public funds of overseas visits by the Duke of York over the most recent twelve months for which figures are available, broken down by...

      Scientific Research: Funding

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the £180 million catalyst fund announced in the Strategy for Life Sciences will be taken from existing budgets of the Medical Research Council and the...

      Shipping: Lifeboats

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any seafarers have been (1) killed, and (2) injured, as a consequence of the failure of the lifeboat release and retrieval systems on United...

      Shipping: Lifeboats

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they opposed approval of International Maritime Organisation guidelines for the evaluation and replacement of lifeboat release and retrieval systems.

      Smoking

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with television networks to reduce or ban the amount of smoking currently broadcast in television drama productions.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of casualties in the conflicts in South Kordofan, Abyei and Blue Nile.

      Sudan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the economic effects of the closure of Sudan's border with South Sudan.

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest assessment of the crackdown on protesters in Syria.

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 29 November (WA 63) concerning their discussions with representatives of the Syrian opposition,...

      Syria

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for helping to end violence in Syria and for assisting Syrians to move towards a plural democracy.

      Taiwan

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they do not recognise Taiwan as a state.

      Transport: Certificates of Professional Competence

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the cost of acquiring the Certificate of Professional Competence required of all drivers of vehicles over 3.5 tonnes under European Union regulation 1071/2009.

      Transport: Vehicles over 3.5 Tonnes

      To ask Her Majesty's Government why they are applying European Union regulation 1071/2009 to all drivers of vehicles over 3.5 tonnes, when it is stated in clause 6 of that regulation that "it is...

      United States: Air Force

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the United States Air Force is required to obtain their permission to fly over built-up parts of the United Kingdom; and, if so, from whom.

      Visas

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 30 November (WA 84), how many confirmations of acceptance for studies (CAS) have each of the 82 current B rated...

      Weapons: Unexploded Ordnance

      To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have a residual responsibility to dispose of unexploded ordnance on the seabed on the United Kingdom's continental shelf, particularly if it poses a...

      West Lothian Question

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 25 November (WA 289), when they will make an announcement giving further details of the commission to consider...

      Young People: Creative Industries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Baroness Rawlings on 3 November (HL Deb, cols 1391-96), what is their definition of the term "creative industries"; and what is the basis...

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