Written answers

Thursday, 12 January 2012

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Former Members: Security

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many former hon. Members have passes to enter the Palace of Westminster.

    • Parliament's Education Service

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many schools visited Parliament (a) in total and (b) from Nottinghamshire...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Birds: Nature Conservation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to Biodiversity 2020: A Strategy for England's Wildlife and Ecosystem Services, what steps she plans to take...

    • Cod: EU Law

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps she is taking to pause the implementation of European Council Regulation 1342/2008; (2) what discussions...

      Giant Hogweed

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what guidance she has issued to police forces to enable them to enforce section 14(2) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Olympic Games 2012

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport which Ministers will attend the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games (a) in an official capacity and (b) as...

    • Tourism

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport if he will provide funding for an additional traditional pier in Redcar and Cleveland for the purpose of promoting tourism.

  • Wales

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many staff in her private office have left her Department since May 2010; and what the turnover rate was for staff in her private office between May...

    • Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the staff turnover rate was in her Department in each of the last five years.

      Iron and Steel

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions she has had with the First Minister of the Welsh Government on the steel industry in Wales; and if she will make a statement.

      Mass Media

      To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions she has had with the First Minister of the Welsh Government on the future of the media in Wales; and if she will make a statement.

  • Work and Pensions

    • Contracts: General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with the British Medical Association on the devolution of GP work contracts to each of the devolved Administrations.

    • Contracts: General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has for the devolution of GP work contracts to each of the devolved Administrations.

      Contracts: General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the current system of negotiating GP work contracts.

      Contracts: General Practitioners

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions he has had with the devolved Administrations on GP work contracts.

      Remploy: Social Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what consideration he has given to enabling individual Remploy factories to establish their own bank account for the purposes of trading...

      Remploy: Social Enterprises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what processes he expects Remploy factories to follow in employing additional staff to fulfil a new contract; and if he will make a statement.

      Social Security Benefits: Cardiff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of recipients of (a) disability living allowance, (b) employment and support allowance and (c) incapacity benefit...

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Council Tax: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he plans to take to support vulnerable people who are in council tax arrears.

    • Council Tax: Arrears

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department provides to local authorities on the recovery of council tax arrears.

      Government Procurement Card

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will list each spending transaction on a Government Procurement Card made by officials in his Department since April 2006;...

      Homelessness: Offenders

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what steps he is taking to reduce levels of (a) homelessness and (b) housing instability among former prisoners with...

      Population

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance is offered by his Department to local authorities on estimating their population growth.

  • Treasury

    • Civil Servants: Pensions

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to page 17, Box 3.B case study 1 of Public service pensions: good pensions that last, Cm 8214, what the old scheme calculation in this...

    • Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will arrange for the hon. Member for Walsall North to receive a reply to his letter of 22 November 2011 to the Child Benefit Office about a constituent.

      Stamp Duty Land Tax: Tax Avoidance

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps his Department is taking to reduce avoidance of stamp duty land tax.

      Taxation: Inheritance Tax and Capital Gains Tax

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how much revenue has been raised in inheritance tax from Scottish estates in each year since 1998; (2) how much has been claimed in business relief...

      Taxation: Switzerland

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the likelihood of the yield from the UK-Switzerland tax agreement of 24 August 2011 being at the upper end of the...

  • Home Department

    • Borders: Personal Records

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions officials in her Department have had with the Royal Yachting Association on the e-Borders programme.

    • British Nationality

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will bring forward legislative proposals to revoke the British citizenship of naturalised British citizens convicted of (a) treason...

      Co-operatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps (a) her Department and (b) those bodies for which her Department is responsible are taking to mark UN Year of the Co-operative...

      Departmental Audit

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

      Detention Centres: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women detained for immigration purposes were subsequently (a) deported and (b) released in the last six months of 2011; and how many...

      Detention Centres: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when gender equality impact assessments for all immigration removal centres and short-term holding facilities will be completed.

      Disability: Candidates

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of progress in establishing a Democracy Diversity Fund to support disabled people who are parliamentary...

      Drugs: Law and Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions officials in her Department have had with law enforcement agencies in other countries on co-operation on drug profiling.

      Entry Clearances: China

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for tourist visas by Chinese nationals were (a) granted and (b) refused in the last year for which figures are available.

      Forensic Science: Law and Order

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions officials in her Department have had with law enforcement agencies in other countries on co-operation on forensic science.

      Heroin

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many doctors have a licence from her Department to prescribe heroin for the treatment of drug addiction.

      Immigration Controls

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many staff not cleared to SC level and deployed to work on border controls had access to the Warning Index on 30 November 2011; (2)...

      Immigration: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans she has to revise documents sent to people granted leave to remain to place more emphasis on employment opportunities.

      Olympic Games 2012 : Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff will be employed on security for the duration of the London 2012 Olympic Games from (a) private security contractors, (b) the...

      Olympic Games 2012 : Security

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what requirements have been placed on private security companies that have won contracts to provide security at the London 2012 Olympic Games...

      Police: Accountability

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she plans to take to ensure awareness of the method of election for police commissioners.

      Terrorism

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the role of Dart-MS technology in terrorism prevention and investigation.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Child Care

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what assessment she has made of the effect of Government policies on access to child care for women.

    • Domestic Violence

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what recent representations she has received on male victims of domestic violence.

      Flexible Working

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what steps she is taking to encourage flexible work arrangements and home working.

      Business Enterprise

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what steps she is taking to encourage the participation of women in business enterprise.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities how many apprentices are working in the Government Equalities Office.

  • Transport

    • High Speed 2

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether she plans to revise the timetable for the publication of the route for High Speed 2 between Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds.

    • Speed Limits

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations her Department has received on the consultation on increasing motorway speed limits.

      Crossrail

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent representations she has received on the financing of the Crossrail project; and if she will make a statement.

      Crossrail Line: Contracts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what account her Department took of the Government's review of procurement in preparing the tender for the Crossrail scheme.

      Insurance Companies

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether Ministers in her Department have had recent meetings with (a) members of the board and (b) senior management at (i) Broker Direct and (ii)...

      Railway Stations: Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 9 December 2011, Official Report, column 422W, on railway stations: manpower, what discussions (a) she, (b) her predecessor...

      Railways: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to improve disabled access at railway stations.

      Railways: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what discussions she has had with the Association of Train Operating Companies on eligibility for disabled persons railcards following changes to...

      Railways: Disability

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she plans to take to increase access to train services for disabled people (a) nationally and (b) in Coventry.

      Stratford International Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what works are required to enable Stratford International Station to receive international trains; and what the cost is of such works.

  • Justice

    • Approved Premises: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many probation trusts have approved premises for female offenders.

    • Council Tax (Administration and Enforcement) Regulations 1992

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance he has provided to (a) local authorities and (b) magistrates' courts on assessing costs reasonably incurred under the Council Tax...

      Crime: Victims

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many victims of crime there were in each year between 1997 and 2010.

      Human Rights: Business

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 15 December 2011, Official Report, columns 862-3W, on Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill 2010-12, whether...

      Legal Opinion

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many defendants dismissed their legal teams during a trial in the Crown court in each year from 2000 to 2011.

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Apprentices: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many (a) men and (b) women enrolled on apprenticeships in (i) information and communication technology and (ii)...

    • Apprentices: East Midlands

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which employers offer modern apprenticeships in (a) the East Midlands and (b) Leicester City.

      Apprentices: Industrial Health and Safety

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 29 November 2011, Official Report, column 846W, on apprenticeships,...

      Construction Industry Training Board: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much funding his Department allocated to the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) in (a) 2010-11 and (b) 2011-12; how...

      Departmental Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (1) how many apprentices were employed by each public body for which his Department is responsible between (a) April 2010 and...

      Employment Tribunals Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to ensure that employers and employees are aware of changes to the Employment Tribunal system.

      Further Education: Higher Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether he has any plans to amend the process by which further education colleges validate their own higher education...

      Higher Education: Admissions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what procedure is in place for the approval of courses of higher education as designated courses.

      Higher Education: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many UCAS applications had been made by residents in (a) Hartlepool constituency, (b) the Tees Valley and (c) the North East...

      Higher Education: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many UCAS applications had been submitted by residents of (a) Stockton North constituency, (b) the borough of...

      Insolvency

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when insolvency figures for 2010 will be published; and if he will make a statement.

      Minimum Wage: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what information his Department holds on the minimum wage in each EU country in (a) the local currency of that country and (b)...

      Music: Licensing Laws

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to reduce the administrative burden on small businesses associated with the requirement to hold a public...

      Music: Licensing Laws

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to inform small businesses of the need to obtain a public performance licence for playing music.

      Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he plans to take to assess the operation of organisations which deliver degree programmes overseas who are applying...

      Students: Loans

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many borrowers in the student loans scheme were (a) making repayments and (b) not earning enough to make repayments at the...

      TICC Skill Centres: Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 21 November 2011, Official Report, column 159W, and with reference to the answer of 29 October 2008,...

  • Health

    • Cancer: Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to ensure that patients diagnosed with rare cancers are able to access written information about their illness;...

    • General Practitioners: Pharmacy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he plans to have with the Dispensing Doctors' Association and General Practitioners Committee on the conclusions of the Cost of Service...

      General Practitioners: Waiting Lists

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the average waiting time to see a GP (a) nationally and (b) in each region; and if he will make a statement.

      Health Services: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that disabled children are able to access the health services that they require.

      Health Services: Coventry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the costs of NHS reorganisation in Coventry South constituency.

      Health Services: EU Countries

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what payments have been made to other EU member states for the treatment of British citizens in each of the last three financial years; (2) what...

      Influenza: Vaccination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the level of uptake of the influenza vaccination offered by the NHS since September 2011.

      Plastic Surgery

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions (a) he and (b) officials in his Department have had with (i) Ministers and (ii) officials in the devolved Administrations on the...

  • Defence

    • Accommodation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 12 December 2011, Official Report, column 63WS, on Accommodation, how many (a) employees of his...

    • Aircraft Carriers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the interoperability of the F35C's arresting hook system with aircraft carrier-based arresting gear; and if he will make a...

      Armed Forces: Deployment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel were deployed on ceremonial duties (a) in London and (b) around the world in 2011.

      Armed Forces: Education

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what the total cost to the public purse was of the Standard Learning Credit scheme in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09, (c) 2009-10 and (d) 2010-11; (2)...

      Armed Forces: Military Decorations

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what type of medals have been issued by the Medal Office in 2011; and at what cost such medals were awarded.

      Cyprus: Economic Situation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of the net annual contribution to the economies of (a) Cyprus and (b) Germany of the basing of UK service personnel in...

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the employment of external consultants by his Department; and if he will make a statement.

      Departmental Consultants

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many consultants were employed by his Department in 2011; and what the cost to the public purse was.

      Departmental Procurement

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

      Departmental Secondment

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

      Departmental Temporary Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many temporary staff have been recruited to his Department between September and November 2011.

      Departmental Written Questions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 13 December 2011, Official Report, columns 752-53W, on departmental written questions, what the question number is of each...

      Documents: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what systems are in place in his Department to measure how many documents are protectively marked in any given month or year; if he will estimate...

      Documents: Data Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) training and (b) guidance is given to officials in his Department on the operation of his Department's protective marking schemes.

      Ex-servicemen

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department has taken to support retired armed forces personnel through the process of resettlement.

      Ex-servicemen: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2011, Official Report, column 472W, on ex-servicemen: employment, how many individuals constitute the five per...

      HMS Queen Elizabeth

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects sea trials for HMS Queen Elizabeth to commence; and if he will make a statement.

      Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has set a delivery timetable for the F35C Joint Strike Fighter.

      MOD Abbey Wood

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what permission requirements there are for each grade of staff working at MOD Abbey Wood who wish to move to work in the private defence sector; what...

  • Deputy Prime Minister

    • Candidates: Leave

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what his policy is on recommendation 37 of the Final Report of the Speaker's Conference on Parliamentary Representation that the Government should bring forward...

    • House of Lords: Reform

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister with reference to his proposals for reform of the House of Lords, what assessment he has made of the regional balance of existing members of the House of Lords.

      House of Lords: Reform

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister with reference to his proposals for reform of the House of Lords, what assessment he has made of the reliability of paternity claims in determining rights to...

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Deputy Prime Minister when he plans to respond to the letters from the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay of (a) 20 September and (b) 10 November 2011 regarding a constituent, Ms...

  • Cabinet Office

    • Public Sector: Job Satisfaction

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps his Department is taking to improve wellbeing and morale among public sector workers.

    • Public Sector: Procurement

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what plans he has to develop a mechanism to enable members of the public to (a) raise concerns about public service provision and (b) hold providers of...

  • Education

    • Departmental Manpower

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

    • Email

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education with reference to the Information Commissioner's guidance on official information held in private email accounts, what steps he is taking to ensure (a)...

      Pupils: Assessments

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the total number of key stage four qualifications accredited as GCSE or equivalent standard was for each academic year from 1999-2000 to date.

  • International Development

    • Co-operatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps (a) his Department and (b) those bodies for which his Department is responsible are taking to mark UN Year of the...

    • Developing Countries: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to alleviate hunger and famine through investment in agriculture in the...

      Developing Countries: Agriculture

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what policies his Department has implemented to support agricultural production in developing countries since his appointment.

      Developing Countries: Diarrhoea

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to reduce the rate of mortality from diarrhoea in the developing world.

      International Citizen Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what consultation he undertook prior to establishing the International Citizen Service.

      International Citizen Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what criteria his Department will apply when awarding the contract to administer the International Citizen Service.

      International Citizen Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what process his Department will follow when awarding the contract to administer the International Citizen Service.

      Somalia: International Co-operation

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his Department's objectives are for the International Conference on Somalia in London on 23 February 2012.

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Coal Health Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) how much has been paid in compensation under the Coal Health Compensation Scheme for cases of (a) chronic obstructive pulmonary...

    • Coal Health Compensation Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much has been paid from the Coal Health Compensation scheme to solicitors in respect of claims for (a) vibration white finger and...

      Departmental Manpower

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many speechwriters his Department employs at each pay grade.

      Departmental Meetings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his Department's policy is on record keeping for official meetings.

      Departmental Work Experience

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what guidelines his Department issues to its non-departmental public bodies on the employment of unpaid interns.

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he plans to publish communications and security interface standards for smart meters to enable manufacturers to develop...

      Energy: Meters

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of households that have smart meters.

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effect of the electricity market review on consumer energy bills in 2025 assuming fossil fuel prices...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the evidential basis is for his Department's estimate that the overall average household energy bill in 2020 would be 7% lower...

      Natural Gas: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what information his Department holds on the average cost of gas on the international wholesale market in each year since 2000.

      Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether the review of the oil and gas regulatory regime considered a moratorium on offshore deepwater drilling activities in the North sea.

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many tonnes of carbon dioxide were displaced by renewable electricity generation in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) Scotland and (d)...

      Renewable Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what his policy is on providing priority grid access and dispatch for electricity from renewable energy.

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if his Department will continue to pay the feed-in tariff at the original rate until legal proceedings are concluded.

      Renewable Energy: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the costs incurred by his Department in lodging an appeal in respect of the feed-in tariff.

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) pursuant to his contribution of 23 November 2011, Official Report, column 372, on solar power: feed-in tariff, what the basis was...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will estimate the potential effect on the average annual household energy bill of maintaining the solar PV feed-in tariff at its...

      Solar Power: Feed-in Tariffs

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many solar photovoltaic installations qualifying for the feed-in tariff scheme there were between 31 October 2011 and 12 December 2011.

      Warm Home Discount Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether the Independent Review of Fuel Poverty considered an extension of the Warm Homes Discount data-sharing scheme.

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what funding his Department will provide for connecting offshore wind farms to the national grid in the remainder of the comprehensive...

      Wind Power

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department has taken to evaluate the environmental impact of wind farms which become derelict in the future.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Cooperatives

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps (a) his Department and (b) those bodies for which his Department is responsible are taking to mark UN Year of the...

    • South America: Diplomatic Service

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs which (a) embassies and (b) other diplomatic posts in South America have been closed in each of the last three years.

  • House of Lords

    • Antibiotic Resistance Plasmids

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the variation agreed in the project "Measures to control the dissemination of plasmid borne antibiotic resistance in food producing animals".

    • Badgers: Vaccination

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the variation agreed in the social science study project to accompany the badger vaccine deployment project.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 20 December (Official Report, col. 1668), from which budget lines in the Department for Environment, Food and...

      Continuous Plankton Recorder Survey

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the variation agreed in the Continuous Plankton Recorder survey.

      Disabled People: Grants

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the criteria under which disability facilities grants are payable by local authorities; and what steps can be taken by a disabled person to appeal if a...

      Firearms: Home Office Firearms Working Group

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of Question for Written Answer HL14014 remaining unanswered on 21 December, whether they were aware on 5 December 2011 of the then membership and...

      Government Departments: Procurement

      To ask Her Majesty's Government, in respect of purchases made using the government procurement card by the Department for Communities and Local Government, what were the date of purchase, amount,...

      Gypsies and Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many local authorities have made within the past three years an assessment of the accommodation needs of Gypsies and Travellers in their area, as required by...

      Gypsies and Travellers

      To ask Her Majesty's Government how many local authorities have a strategy to meet the accommodation needs of their Gypsy and Traveller population, as required by the Housing Act 2004.

      Museums and Galleries

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the collection at the Wedgwood Museum is saved for the nation.

      Pensions

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what effect the projected cuts in public spending will have on the pension scheme for police officers; and what consultations they have had with the Police...

      Veterinary Residues

      To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the variation agreed in the project "Aquaculture sampling approaches for detection of veterinary residues".

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